Easy, Three-Ingredient Energy Bars

I really enjoy fruit and nut bars from brands like KIND, but they're also a little pricey. To save some money, I decided to try making my own, and this recipe from The Kitchn is a great starting point. With only three ingredients, these chewy, nutty and lightly sweet homemade energy bars are super-simple and pretty darn tasty. You can easily switch out the dried cherries for another fruit, like dried blueberries or cranberries. If you're feeling more adventurous, you could also try adding other natural ingredients, like chia seeds, shredded coconut, lemon zest or crystalized ginger.

Easy Energy Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted, roasted almonds

  • 1 cup dried, pitted dates

  • 1 cup dried cherries


Instructions:

  • Combine fruit and almonds in food processor. Pulse for about 30 seconds. Scrape edges of bowl with a spatula. Process continuously for another 1-2 minutes, until ingredients begin to clump together.

  • Line a 8x8" square baking dish or pan with plastic wrap. Press fruit and nut mixture evenly into pan. Chill in fridge for at least one hour.

  • Unwrap the chilled mixture and place onto cutting board. Cut into 9 or 12 equally-sized bars, depending on preferred size. Separate bars with wax paper to prevent from sticking. Bars can be stored in fridge for several weeks or frozen.

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