My boyfriend is a run-o-holic. Whether he’s running a half marathon or 20 miles, the man can’t seem to get enough. I’ve always believed that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, which is why I’m all about supporting him in his racing endeavors. And when it comes to athletic abilities, the quality of what you put into your body affects what you’re able to put out. But it’s difficult to find store-bought energy or performance bars that aren’t filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce and that don’t taste artificial, so I got to thinking: Could I make a healthier (and better tasting) version? The answer is yes, and they couldn’t be easier.
The great thing about this recipe is that there aren’t too many ingredients, and there’s minimal prep work involved—you don’t even have to toast the nuts or chop anything beforehand. And it’s no-bake!
Lining the baking dish with a parchment-paper sling makes lifting the completed bars out of the pan much easier. You simply pull up on the overhanging bits of paper and the bars come right out.
Pour all of the ingredients into the food processor.
Pulse the pitted dates, sunflower seeds, raw almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and coconut oil until they’re well mixed, about 2 minutes.
Scoop the processed ingredients into the lined baking dish.
Press the mixture down with your hand or an offset spatula from edge to edge of the pan. Make sure the thickness is even all the way across.
Once you’ve chilled the bars in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, lift them up and out of the pan.
Cut the mixture into nine equally sized pieces.
Your bar is ready to grab and go; bring it with you on a run for a mid-workout refuel, or enjoy it in the comfort of your kitchen.
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