Cooking has always been a love of mine and a big part of my life. It only felt natural to include a few recipes here on our blog, so keep reading for a little ‘Cooking Collab’ with one of my fellow foodie friends. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
This recipe was given to me by my dear friend, Monica King. Like myself, Monica is a mother of two boys and has a huge passion for cooking and baking. I admire the way Monica feeds her family; she feels very strongly about using quality ingredients and is always looking for healthier options. During one of our play dates, I was telling her how hard it had been getting the kids to eat breakfast before school. She mentioned these “no bake” energy bars that she made for her family. The thought of putting together any type of bar sounded difficult, but she assured me it was easy. We decided that at our next play date we would make the bars together. The following week, Monica brought all the ingredients to my house, even texting me before to make sure I had a food processor. “Yes, of course I do,” was my exact response. I totally forgot that my food processor burnt out just a few weeks prior (it wasn’t even a year old ). OOPS! So I then reached for the blender and saw my old Cuisinart mini processor (this was one wedding gift that always comes in handy). Despite our minor set backs, we could finally begin. Normally, Monica would just process all the ingredients together, but with the processor being a mini we had to do them individually. She mentioned later that she thought it worked out better that way. A few minutes later, we had actual bars all cut and individually wrapped. I couldn’t believe how incredibly easy it was, not to mention these bars can cost as much as $3 apiece at the grocery store. So you are saving a ton of money and you look like a gourmet chef! I mean come on…WIN WIN! Turns out, the kids weren’t huge fans of these magical little bars but that’s okay, more for mom!
Monica’s Raw Energy Bars
What you need…
1 cup Coconut Shredded
1 cup Dried Cherries
1 cup Dates (preferably pitted)
1 cup Dried Blueberries
1 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup Raw Cashews
1 cup Raw Almonds
1 cup Raw Walnuts
1 cup Raw Sesame Seeds
- Cuisinart Smart Stick
- Large mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- Plastic wrap
- Square baking dish
- sharp knife
1. Food prep. Measure and separate all your ingredients.
2. Process. Process each ingredient individually in your food processor, then place them in a large mixing bowl.
3. Combine. Using a spatula fold ALL ingredients together until well combined. (We ended up using our hands)
4. Press into baking dish. Roll out enough parchment paper to more than cover your baking dish, then use your hands to push the bars into place. We suggest using a flat spatula and pressing it over the paper and mixture, this is going to set your bars!
5. Cut into bars. Makes up to 6 large bars or 12 small bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap.
6. Storage. Store the bars in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The bars can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer!!
**We recommend storing your bars in the fridge.
**Unfortunately our local grocer did not offer many raw nut options. We were able to find all these ingredients at Trader Joe’s.
**The coolest thing about this recipe is you can add or take away from any of the ingredients replacing it with a dried fruit or salted nut you prefer.
****DO NOT LEAVE OUT THE DATES, they are the GLUE that holds the bars together.