Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe

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When I say simple, I mean simple! This Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe took about 2 minutes to make. For realz! If I had not had to dig the food processor out of the cabinet, it would have taken less time that!

Homemade Energy Snack Bar

See, I told my husband it was okay sitting on the countertop!

So, seriously these snack bars are simple, easy, nutritious, delicious and much cheaper than store-bought snack bars!

Homemade Energy Snack Bars being processed

All you do is dump all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it’s the texture you like.

Homemade Energy Snack Bars

press them firmly into a pan and refrigerate!

So. Let me just tell you. I had no idea dates grow on palm trees until recently! Furthermore, I thought they grew on a bush like blueberries or a plant like strawberries. However, I just never really gave it much thought. Dates grow on palm trees like coconuts and bananas. Not the same palm trees, but a palm looking tree! Visit Wikipedia and see for yourself.

Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe

Dates are naturally sweet, which makes them perfect for a snack bar. They’re also sticky because of the natural sugars. This is good for a natural energy bar. You don’t need a binding agent, fewer ingredients equal fewer calories!

I’ve had dates sitting in my pantry for months intending to make some yummy and nutritious energy bars. However, for the last 2 months, ok, for forever, I’ve been making decadently and sinfully rich dessert treats like this Upside Down Maple and Pear Cake and this Apple Chess Pie.

Times are changing.

Ha, just kidding, I still will share those incredibly ooey, gooey desserts, I just wanted to make these bars and share!

Truth is. I love snack bars. I shared CopyKat Kashi Granola bars and 3 Ingredient Energy Bars. And both have been really popular.

Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe

My raw Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe is too simple, basically, you throw all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend it all together. The hardest part, the part that takes the longest is waiting for them to set in the refrigerator. If you’re not a patient person (I get that!) they’ll fall apart a bit, but they’ll still be fabulous eaten with a fork straight from the dish.

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Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe

Simple Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe

Homemade Energy Snack Bar Recipe- simple, raw energy snack bars takes minutes to make. Easy, nutritious, delicious, & cheap!
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15 servings


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup lightly salted almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon agave nectar


  • Pulse dates and almonds in food processor until chopped medium fine. Add cranberries, chia seeds, flax seeds, and agave. Pulse 6 to 8 times or until ingredients are combined.
  • Line a 8x8 dish with parchment paper.
  • Dump ingredients into pan. Press down firmly to form a flat even top. I use a square of parchment paper to press down because the mixture is quiet sticky.
  • Refrigerate a couple of hours before cutting. You'll get cleaner cuts if they're cold.
  • Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Do I really need to add that honey or agave with all of the sticky dates being used??

  2. Hi, I really like an energy bar that I buy that has peanut butter in it but would like to make something myself. Do you think adding peanut butter to this recipe would work? If so, how much?

    1. Oh yum! Yes I think it would be wonderful. I’m not sure how much…. I’d start with 1/4 or 1/3 cup and see how you like the taste. (Almond butter would be good too.)

  3. Do you think you could add oats to make them more substantial? I’m making them for my boyfriend who will use them as energy bars, and he needs them to be a bit more dense.

  4. Just made a batch with apricots instead of raisins and honey instead of agave, they were so good! Made another double batch with dried peaches, figs and apples! Thank you, I love this recipe!

  5. i made the energy bar recipe just as you showed. I’m sad to say they did not form for me. :(. Even being in the fridge. Any ideas? I used same ingredients in a food processor. I must say they are fabulous with a fork. I will try making them again.

    1. HI Melissa, You really have to press them firmly and kind of compact them. Also, you can substitute honey for the agave nectar and they’ll be more sticky. I hope you’ll try them again.

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