Healthy snacking is easier when you have smart choices on hand. These energy bars are a great option because they not only store well but also come together fast. In less than five minutes, you'll have eight days' worth of afternoon pick-me-ups or post-workout fuel. Kids love them too, so they are great as after-school treats. Once you see how easy they are to make, you'll never buy an overpriced energy bar again.
This is an endlessly adaptable recipe, so feel free to experiment with nut, seed and spice combinations. As written, the ratios provide the perfect combination of quicky energy, satisfying protein and just-sweet-enough flavor. Instead of playing its typical supporting role, cinnamon is the star — its warming and spicy notes are simultaneously energizing and relaxing.
Makes 8 bars
Be sure to use fresh, soft dates rather than dried ones to get the right consistency. The small pinch of salt really sets off the flavors here, so don't skip it!
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