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blueberry energy snack bars (gf, df, v, Paleo)

Blueberry Energy Bars – Squeaky clean and delicious!

Blueberry Energy Snack Bars I One Lovely Life
So, after trying our cherry chocolate torte snack bars, I couldn’t wait to try other versions. (Note: I’m using the term “snack bars,” but I really mean copycat Larabars) It took me a while before I could  actually TRY another version, we liked the cherry ones so much.

BUT.

These are our other favorites. Sophie looooves them.


Blueberry Energy Snack Bars I One Lovely Life Blueberry Energy Snack Bars I One Lovely Life
Sophie’s got some serious texture issues with most meats and protein foods (even peanut butter), and now that we’re off dairy, I’m always looking for ways to help her fill up at mealtime. These fruit and nut bars are a way around it. It’s like the spinach-in-the-smoothie of snack time. Sophie doesn’t like eating nuts or most dried fruits, but when they’re made into a Larabar–excuse me–snack bar, she’s all over them.  They almost have the taste of a blueberry muffin.

What I love about these is how simple and straightforward they are. Just a few ingredients blended together that somehow taste more than the sum of their parts. I love that.

Blueberry Energy Snack Bars I One Lovely Life

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Blueberry Energy Snack Bars


  • Yield: 16 1x

Description

If you want an even finer texture, you can pulse the nuts and the dried fruit separately before pulsing them all together.


Ingredients

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  • 1c dates, pitted
  • 1c dried blueberries
  • 1c raw cashews
  • 1c almonds (I used sliced almonds)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • water, if needed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients other than water in bowl of a food processor (fitted with a metal blade). Pulse until very fine and well blended. The mixture will pull away from the side and form into a big ball. If your fruit is very dry or needs a little coaxing to come together, add water 1 teaspoon at a time while the food processor is running, just until it comes together.
  2. Pat mixture into an 8 x 8 metal or glass baking dish. Refrigerate until firm, then slice into 16 squares for serving.
  3. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or the freezer up to 2 months.

 

17 Comments

  1. The blueberries sound so good! It’s the perfect light snack for summer. I know the fruit is dried, but blueberries have such a fresh taste. I’ll give them a try.

  2. Made them yesterday! They are so delicious! Thank you for all of your posts. They are so easy to follow and they always turn out great!

    1. Thanks Erica! I’ve found them at Trader Joe’s, Nuts.com, or even Target sometimes. All my best to you and your cute squishable Helen!

  3. Thanks for the great post. I’ve just recently discovered Larabars and love the Coconut cream (dates, cashews, coconut, almonds and coconut butter).
    Using your recipe as a base I’ve made them successfully at home. Perfect!!
    Thanks again.

  4. These look great! Can’t wait to try them. I was wondering if you have any saving tips when buying dried fruit? Sometimes they can be spendy…but still worth it. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Emily – Great question! If you are buying a small amount, I think that Trader Joe’s has a great price. Some of their dried fruit is even unsweetened, which is even better. If I’m making a small batch, I try to get my fruit at Trader Joe’s. If you make these often, I’ve found that Costco carries large packages of many dried fruits–I’ve seen dates, blueberries, two kinds of cherries, raisins, and cranberries. If you don’t have access to either, surprisingly Amazon sometimes carries GREAT prices online. Very best of luck!

  5. Hi Emily! Can you tell me any nutrition facts for a serving of this? I can tell everything in it is very clean, but I would like info on the calories, sugars, etc.

    Thanks!

    1. Charise – I haven’t calculated the nutrition facts, but you can always import (or manually plug in) the ingredients to My Fitness Pal or SparkPeople recipes for nutrition facts. Hope that helps!

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