These bars are a snap to make and taste eerily similar to PB&J! The healthful ingredients in these will provide you with lots of energy, protein, dietary fiber, mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help lower cholesterol, and impressive amounts of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Grab one of these in between meals to keep your energy going, or munch on one when your sweet tooth hits. Enjoy them any which way you choose!
PB&J Energy Bars
(yields about 10 bars)
2 cups fresh dates, pits removed
1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp peanut butter
Place first three ingredients in food processor and blend until combined. A thick dough ball will begin to form. Add peanut butter and pulse to combine.
Line an 8x8 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper. Place dough ball into baking dish and press down on the dough mixture until flat and evenly distributed. Place in refrigerator for up to one hour to harden up a bit.
Remove hardened mixture from baking dish and place on a flat surface (it should maintain the shape of the baking dish). Cut into bars, or whatever shape you desire. Store in fridge.
If you enjoyed these, you might like my post on Vanilla Almond Date balls.
You can make these in many flavors. If anyone has any requests, please feel free to let me know. I'm always up for the challenge! :-)