It’s important to consume balanced, nutritious meals to maintain optimal health, but eating mindfully doesn’t apply only to breakfast, lunch and dinner. These healthy and delicious energy bars will help keep you satisfied between meals, when you might be most inclined to reach for that tub of ice cream or bag of potato chips. Stuffed with nuts and dried fruit, these bars will keep you full and energized throughout the day. Tip: Make a batch over the weekend so they’re ready to go when you’re craving one on Monday.
Fig and Walnut Energy Bars Recipe
Makes 12 two-inch bars
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup whole-grain flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried Turkish figs, quartered
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325° F and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, across the bottom and both sides.
- Toast the walnuts at 325° F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In a food processor, blend together flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, salt and half of each dried fruit.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and mix in the walnuts and the rest of the dried fruit with your hands.
- Whisk the vanilla and egg together, then add it to the fruit mixture.
- Blend well and spread into the pan, packing it down with your fingers to even it out. Bake at 325° F until golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack by lifting the bars from the pan by the edges of the parchment paper. When cooled, use a sharp knife to cut into 12 pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.