Energy bars are something I always have on hand.
Whether we’re backpacking and need trail fuel, craving mid-flight snack, or just fueling up before a run—you can bet we always have a good stock of bars in our kitchen.
I’ve been moving away from buying pre-packaged bars at the store for 3 reasons:
- Those crinkly wrappers on conventional bars are so wasteful. I can’t image how much waste is created every day from our energy bar consumption.
- The ingredients in most bars is pretty cringe-worthy. I’d like to make sure I’m fueling my body with REAL FOOD—so making my own bars is the best way to control what goes in them.
- And lastly, the price. Assuming I am choosing a higher-quality bar, those babies add up! I’ve seen good energy bars cost up to $3.50. I’d rather make my own for a fraction of that price.
So… let me introduce you to these easy, homemade, chocolate + coconut energy bars—ready to fuel your every day.
A few things I love about this recipe:
- These bars are SO EASY to make—5 ingredients and 5 minutes. Say what?
- The balance of healthy carbs, fats, and protein is seriously perfect—from an every day treat to pure energy for your next workout.
- Coconut. Chocolate. Cashews—need I say more?
Prep these bars before a busy week, or your next weekend trip. I cant wait to hear how you incorporate this recipe into your life!
If you try this recipe, be sure to comment, leave a rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #thelocalsprout on Instagram! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Chocolate and Coconut Energy Bars
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup medjool dates pitted and packed
- 3 Tbsp cacao powder
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- big pinch sea salt
- In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients along with 2 Tbsp. of cold water. Blend until mostly smooth, scraping sides as needed.
- Transfer mixture to small pan lined with parchment paper. Flatten and smooth bars. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm. Slice into 8 bars and enjoy.
- Leftovers will keep in airtight container for up to a week or refrigerated in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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