It may seem so much easier to just toss a couple boxes of snack bars in your cart at the store, but this recipe will challenge that.

 

Made with healthy ingredients such as dates, raw cashews, almond butter and coconut – it contains no added sugar, but tastes like a candy bar.

 

This will give you the boost you need in your day with some natural sugars from the dates, and protein from the nuts, and an chewy texture that will remind you of snack bars that would usually put you out $1 a bar…and you can make a dozen of these for much much less!

 

Stored in the refrigerator these can last you for weeks. We wrapped ours individually and had them ready to grab in the morning!

 

Try these today, and see exactly why you should be not only meal-prepping, but snack-prepping too!

 

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or any natural nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • 2 tbsp black cocoa powder (can sub for regular cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Parchment lined 8x8 pan

Method

  • Place all your ingredients into the food processor and mix until the mixture combines well and begins to ball. You should still have pieces of nuts visible.
  • Empty the mixture into a square baking pan, lined with parchment paper and press with the back of a spatula to make a flat and even surface.
  • Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator and cut into 12 bars with a knife. Separate and wrap individually and store in an air-tight container for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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