Bready or Not: Maple Energy Bars and Bites

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, healthier, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Maple Energy Bars and Bites

Confession: I’m classifying this as a fall recipe because of the maple, but I make these all year long.

Maple Energy Bars

I know, I know. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how I love maple. I like to make my own breakfast food, too.

Larabars are found in the energy bar section of retailers. They are delicious but are also awfully expensive–if you’re lucky, you might get a bar for a buck on sale. Me? I’m cheap. I make my own versions. I have a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe that I really need to share at some point, but today is about the maple variety that I created on my own.

Maple Energy Bars

To make any homemade Larabar facsimile, you really need two base ingredients: dates and nuts. You switch out the nuts to your taste or based on sales, then change out seasonings to make things fresh and tasty. With the maple flavor, I like using a combo of cashews and pecans, but I’ve also done all cashews. Feel free to do almonds, peanuts, or whatever else you have handy, or combine them all!

I usually make these into a ball shape using my tablespoon scoop, but this time around I made bars. They are a bit more photogenic, I think. And man, do they taste good.

Maple Energy Bars

Bready or Not: Maple Energy Bars and Bites

  • 1 cup chopped medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup pecans [or combine other nuts to equal 1 cup]
  • 1-2 teaspoons candied ginger, diced (optional, but tasty)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon maple flavor
  • water, if needed

In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients but the water. Pour 1/3 or 1/2 the mix into a high-powered food processor or blender. Pulse. Stir it with a spoon or spatula--it will be thick and gum up the machine. Pour the blended mix out, then add in more of the nut-date blend until everything is mostly blended. It's okay to have some chunks.

Squeeze the mash between your fingers. If it doesn't want to stick together, dribble in water by 1/2 teaspoon until it's cohesive.

You can shape them in two ways. Use a tablespoon scoop to form a ball, then compress them with your hands to tighten. Or, make bars. Place a sling of parchment paper in a bread pan. Pour the mash in. Compress as tightly as you can. Remove using the sling and cut to preferred size.

Keep stored in covered dish or closed baggie in fridge. Makes about 9 tablespoon-sized balls or 7 bars. Will keep for upward of 2 weeks.

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