Coconut Almond Energy Bars

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About: Hi, I'm Dani! I'm the Cailfornia girl behind my blog at Dani California Cooks where I share the things I cook, eat, and do as I split my time between SF and LA!

Love the portability and real food ingredients list of Larabars, but hate the price? These homemade energy bars pack five-ingredient superfood punch - almonds, coconut, dates, cocoa powder and hemp hearts - and couldn't be easier to make!

Step 1: Combine Ingredients in Food Processor

1 cup date paste

1 cup almonds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp hemp hearts

Step 2: Remove Ingredients From Food Processor and Roll Into a Ball

Step 3: Flatten Your "dough" Mixture Using a Rolling Pin

Step 4: Cut Into Bars of the Size of Your Liking

Step 5: Enjoy!

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I just made a batch using dried dates in place of the date paste and ground flax seeds. I had to add a little water before it would lump together but that may be because I didn't use an electric processor.

I would make one change though. I'd hold the keep the coconut out of the mix and use it as a coating instead.

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that's a great idea! Coated in coconut would look so pretty :)

if you want this to be healthier (rather fat heavy as is, even if mostly good fats), take out the cocoa powder and replace with chocolate flavored (or any other really) protein powder. this will give a more proper ratio of protein to fat (adjust to your goals). while i'm at it... probably take out coconut and replace with ground flax seeds (just cuz i don't like coconut flavor).

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oh yeah, some dried cranberries would be superb here :) love me some dried cranberries (raisins are too sweet for me).

oh yeah 2, some old fashioned (whole flakes) oatmeal wouldn't hurt either :)

I made another version of these recently and used some dry rolled oats. They turned out great!

glad you liked them, i like throwing oats into most of my healthy meals (like yogurt), its a good slower digesting carb to keep you satiated longer.

These are some good recommendations! I don't mind a good dose of healthy fats, however :)

they are! gone from my household in less than 2 weeks :)

Looks perfect for my hunting & camping trips (as well as family trips up to the family cabin), one where I can know what exactly is going into our bodies....store bought stuff has too many unpronounceable additives. But where can I find hemp hearts? I cant think of any local store where I've seen them. Do you order them online?

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Also, thanks for sharing this with us....MUCH appreciated from this home-cook foodie dad :)

You can find hemp seeds at most grocery stores in the health foods section, and I know they have them at Whole Foods. You can definitely buy them online on Amazon too.

Another option would be swapping the hemp hearts for chia seeds or flax seeds - both high in protein and healthy fats!

The nutrition breakdown is as follows (this recipe makes about 18 bars): Calories: 80 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 2g Protein: 3g

measure amounts used, google measurements, add up, divide by how many bars you make.