Tropical Energy Bars
Every single week I seem to find myself opening our refrigerator or pantry hoping that a nutritious, energizing snack will miraculously appear as I am about to head out the door for work.
Whenever I take the time to make homemade granola bars or energy bites or throw together a healthy trail mix, I feel so much better. When I make healthy snacks myself, I know the food I’m consuming when I pop into the break room is doing something good for my body and will help me feel energetic for much longer than the cookies or crackers that always seem to be available.
This week I teamed up with Natural Delights Medjool Dates to come up with a recipe for a delicious grab-n-go snack.
Tropical energy bars!
I combined coconut (I can never have enough coconut!), sweet mango and flavorful pineapple to make a simple, no-bake energy bar that you can throw together in no time at all.
I figured this batch of bars would last for a few days in our house, but after two days they miraculously vanished! I suppose that’s a good sign, right!?
Tropical Energy Bars
Makes nine large squares
- 15 dates, pits removed
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut (coconut shavings, chips or shredded coconut will work)
- 1/2 cup dried mango, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple, chopped
- Place all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of the coconut into a large food processor
- Pulse ingredients a few times, stirring if the dates begin to clump together
- Process until ingredients begin to form a large ball of “dough” (Stir if necessary but continue to process until thick dough forms)
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with plastic wrap
- Sprinkle remaining coconut onto plastic wrap
- Press large ball of dough into dish, shaping it into a large square
- Cover and chill for an hour or overnight
- Cut into squares, flip over and enjoy
I hope these help to satisfy your snack time cravings!
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