Homemade Energy Bars

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Are you ready for your daily nutritional challenge? These tasty energy bars will help you punch through your mornings and fuel you up for any challenge.

We go through  lot of Lara Bars in my house which really adds up… So I decided to try to make my own- this recipe was a hit with my husband & daughter!

This recipe simple recipe takes 4 easy steps...

1.) Binder: Dried Dates will be used as our binder in this recipe. I like to buy them whole that way they have a longer shelf life, then I chop them up when I'm ready to use them.

You can also use peanut butter & honey as a  binder

2.)Filler:  Cashews are high in protein and heart healthy mono-unsaturated fat, with vitamins & minerals! Almonds, peanuts, and other options will work just as well.

3.) Flavor: Chocolate is one of my favorite flavors, so I'm going to use Cacao Powder for an extra punch of anti-oxidants. You can find Cacao Powder at most health food stores or Whole Foods, if you do not have it you can certainly use Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. Flavor your energy bars, to your liking.

4.) Form: Throw all your ingredients into a Food Processor with a pinch of salt to intensify the flavor. Grind & grind the mixture until it forms a dough like texture. Press into the bottom of a glass dish lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Press the dough until it is even. Let it chill in the fridge for 30minutes-1 hour.


You'll need:

  • Plastic Wrap
  • Small Glass Baking Pan
  • Food Processor


  • 1 cup Dried Dates, Chopped                 
  • 1.5 cups Cashews, Chopped
  • 2 TB Cacao or Cocoa Powder
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt


  1. Line a small glass baking dish with Plastic Wrap.
  2. Press the dough into the bottom of the dish and flatten until it is even.
  3. Place the dish in the fridge for 30minutes to an hour.
  4. Remove by pulling the plastic wrap up.
  5. Cut into bars, making edges even. *You can roll the discarded parts into balls to bite size samples ; )

Ad some flare and wrap these bad boys up, store them in the fridge for a week or freezer for a month, for your favorite athlete or busy mom!


Click the link below for a Video Tutorial featured on ABC30.