This recipe for Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Energy Bars is one you’ll want to tack onto your kitchen bulletin board for easy reference. Rather than buy a box of energy bars from the grocery store, you can make these fresh in your own kitchen.

These energy bars are a cinch to make at home; as long as you keep good stock of the ingredients. They’re quick and easy, gluten-free and packed with protein. It’s more economical to buy ingredients in bulk; I always keep a big container of Medjool dates and huge bag (Costco) almonds in the house as they keep well for several weeks.

These gluten-free energy bars are great for breakfast on-the-go, or for an afternoon pick-me-up with an almond-milk chai latte. I will usually go for two pieces because they are guilt-free!

When I make the next batch, I will experiment with adding some other nuts and seeds, and some dairy-free chocolate chips. I’d imagine you could increase the number of tablespoons of peanut butter and add oats to make a larger batch, but I’m also sensitive to oats, even if they’re made in a gluten-free facility.

Here’s my recipe for quick and easy gluten-free energy bars:

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Energy Bars

Ingredients

2 cups pitted Medjool dates 

1 cup almonds

3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut 

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 tsp almond extract

 

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender and pulse until the mixture comes together in a clump, about 2 minutes in the Vitamix.
  2. Spoon our mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8” pan. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and press down with hands.
  3. Refrigerate for about a half hour to firm up.
  4. Slice into squares or rectangles. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top, or drizzle with melted chocolate.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Almond energy bars

Yield: 10 squares

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Energy Bars

Almond date energy bars on a plate

This recipe for Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Energy Bars is one you’ll want to tack onto your kitchen bulletin board for easy reference. Rather than buy a box of energy bars from the grocery store, you can make these fresh in your own kitchen.

These energy bars are a cinch to make at home; as long as you keep good stock of the ingredients. They’re quick and easy, gluten-free and packed with protein. It’s more economical to buy ingredients in bulk; I always keep a big container of Medjool dates and huge bag (Costco) almonds in the house as they keep well for several weeks.

These are great for breakfast on-the-go, or for an afternoon pick-me-up with an almond-milk chai latte.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates 
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender and pulse until the mixture comes together in a clump, about 2 minutes in the Vitamix.
    2. Spoon our mixture into a parchment-lined 8x8” pan. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and press down with hands.
    3. Refrigerate for about a half hour to firm up.
    4. Slice into squares or rectangles. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top, or drizzle with melted chocolate.
    5. Store in an airtight container.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    10

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g

    Squares of almond and date energy bars

    Author

    Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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