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Herbal Energy Bars

These herbal energy bars are very energy dense and perfect for little bursts of energy on the go. To be clear, the energy comes from the fruit and nuts, not the herb. Contained within each little bite is salty cashew, richly sweet date, tangy cranberry, and a little kick of Thai basil. They are delicious, easy to make, and as usual, highly customizable.

Herbal Energy Bars

What you will need

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 16 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 cup dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil*

* Two things to note here: First, you can use regular basil or rosemary if you’d like. They will be just as tasty. Secondly, the herbs must be fresh. The oil and moisture in the herb will be essential for holding the bars together.

What to do

1. Blend everything but the herbs together until it looks like this:

2. Blend the herbs into the mixture. The reason you probably want to do this separately is so that you can add herbs according to your taste, or experiment a bit first with small spoonfuls of the mixture with different herbs. When adding the herbs, keep in mind that the flavor will get stronger after a night in the refrigerator and then begin to weaken after a few days.

3. Smash the mixture into a container — pictured below is a 8″ x 6″ Pyrex dish — and be sure to really smash it down so they hold their shape, then cut into small bars. You should end up with about 30 portions.

4. Store bars in the fridge for up to 5 to 7 days. Enjoy!

Nutritional Info

Calories: 104 – A good little burst of energy, but they will add up quickly.
Total Fat: 5.2 g – Cashews contain a fair amount of fat, but this is a perfectly acceptable portion.
Sat. Fat: 1.6 g
Sodium: 59.3 mg – For healthy adults, the daily recommended limit is 2300 mg.
Protein: 1.7 g – Not a lot per portion here. If you’d like to add more, consider adding some protein powder to your mix when blending.

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