Skip The Store And Make Your Own Energy Bars

These bars are healthier than anything you can buy—and easy to make.

fruit and nut bars

Change up this recipe to make these energy bars your own: Use different varieties of dried fruit (apricots, dates or tart cherries), add some orange zest or step up the spices. Instead of bars, you can roll the mixture into small balls (makes 48) before storing in the refrigerator; if desired, roll in some extra dried coconut to stop them from sticking together.

Fruit & Nut Bars
Makes 16 bars

1/3 cups dried figs
1/3 cups prunes
1/3 cups dried cranberries, unsweetened
1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1½ cups almond flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. allspice
1½ cups puffed rice

In a large food processor, combine figs, prunes, cranberries, coconut, almond flour and spices. Mix on high until the fruit is mashed up and the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Turn the speed to low and mix in the puffed rice—some of it will get chopped up, but the aim is to keep the pieces whole and just distributed throughout the sticky mixture. If your food processor doesn’t have a low setting, mix in the puffed rice by hand. Press the mixture into a parchment-lined pan and store in the fridge to set. Cut into small pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

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