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Healthy No-Bake Date Energy Bars

date energy bars

Don’t you all love it when you have all the ingredients for a healthy recipe lying right in your kitchen pantry? Well, I do and when I came across this super easy recipe, I was thrilled! The other day my sister made these for her kiddo (she is always looking out for healthy recipes for him) and when she told me the recipe, I loved it and decided to share it here with all of you.Β 

This is just a 6 IngredientΒ recipe ya’all… no butter, no added sugar, no baking, no nonsense!! Dates pack a nutritional punch… and these energy bars are perfect as a mid-afternoon snack or you can even carry it on the go. Just throw them in your bag and you have a snack ready for those sudden hunger cravings. And for those of you who don’t like dates, I’m sure you will enjoy them in this form.

healthy date bar

Ingredients:

  1. Dates (pitted)- 4 cups
  2. Almonds – 1/4th cup
  3. Walnuts – 1/4th cup
  4. Cashews – 1/4th cup
  5. Pistachios – 1/4th cup
  6. Dried cranberries/ cherries & Raisins – 1/3rd cup

Tip: You can also use trail mix which you may have at your home. Just measure out the ingredients approximately.

Directions:

  1. Dry roast all the nuts for a few minutes. This will give a nice toasted flavor to the energy bar. This is a completely Β optional step.
  2. Put all the nuts in a food processor and grind it until coarse.
  3. Now add the pitted dates, raisins and driedΒ cranberries in the food processor and pulse it for a couple of minutes. If you don’t have a food processor, a powerful mixer works just as well. The consistency should be thick and sticky.
  4. Line a tray with parchment paper. Put this combined mixture of dates and dry fruits on it and spread it out evenly. Cut it into squares and you are done! You can even roll them in shredded coconut.

For easy storage, wrap the individual pieces in plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container.

healthy date dry fruit energy bars

 

healthy date energy bars

 

I hope you give this a try! Till next time, happy blogging and keep on smiling!

XOXO

Smiling Notes

 

 

 

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114 Comments

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    Sabiscuit

    February 2, 2016

    I think I can manage these. Thanks so much for the recipe. I have these ingredients at home but use them for different things. Should definitely taste great together. xo

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      Smiling Notes

      February 2, 2016

      Yup it tastes great plus like you said, you don’t have to go hunting for the ingredients πŸ˜‰ thank you for checking out my post!

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        Sabiscuit

        February 3, 2016

        Anytime, my friend. I’ll try a fig version, too. Your recipe is great, as I now make an energy bar sandwich with camembert cheese. xoxo

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          Smiling Notes

          February 3, 2016

          Ooh I like the idea of a fig version!! Thanks for the tip πŸ‘πŸΌ

          • Sabiscuit

            February 3, 2016

            I bought a bag of soft sundried ones last evening so I’m rearing to go. xoxoxoxo

          • Smiling Notes

            February 3, 2016

            Yum!!
            XoXo

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    A Kinder Way

    February 2, 2016

    Sounds wonderful!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 2, 2016

      They turned out really great! Thanks for checking out my blog 😊

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    thesunshineisours

    February 3, 2016

    Looks like a tasty on-the-go breakfast/snack. Yum!

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 3, 2016

      Yes perfect for on-the-go! Thanks for stopping by 😊

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    youthfoodblog

    February 3, 2016

    Mouth-watering!

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    anroworld

    February 3, 2016

    Looks so beautiful and simple, thank you, Shamira!

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 3, 2016

      Glad you liked it Ann.. I indeed loved the simplicity of this recipe 😊

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    Lifestylebites3

    February 3, 2016

    Great idea and it looks utterly delicious

  • Reply

    OldCountryGirl

    February 3, 2016

    Nice idea. What a great snack for in between!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 3, 2016

      yup.. definitely great for those sudden hunger cravings!

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    Jaya Rajesh

    February 4, 2016

    Lovely clicks and really healthy treat. πŸ™‚

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    lynne hoareau

    February 4, 2016

    Hi Shamira, these look divine and something I would love to snack on all day πŸ™‚ They are just pure health. I definitely will be trying these πŸ™‚

    I also wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the three day quote challenge. For more info check out my latest post.
    https://lynnesrecipetrails.com/2016/02/03/quote-of-the-day-challenge-day-one/
    If you don’t fancy it, it’s no problem, but if you do, feel free to take part, it will be fun. Have a wonderful day. πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      February 4, 2016

      Thank you so much Lynne for the sweet words as well as nominating me! I must tell you the ‘quote challenge’ is one of my favorites.. but these days I’m getting a little less time because of which I’m way behind doing the award posts πŸ™ But I really appreciate and am thankful for thinking of me πŸ™‚ If I get a chance, I will definitely do the challenge as I really love it πŸ™‚
      Thanks a ton once again.. you are really sweet.

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        lynne hoareau

        February 4, 2016

        Shamira, you are welcome, and I understand. Take care my friend xxx

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          Smiling Notes

          February 4, 2016

          So glad you understand Lynne! Truly blessed to know you 😊

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    Antonia

    February 4, 2016

    Great snack and I love your mixture of nuts!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 4, 2016

      Thanks a lot! I really enjoyed making them πŸ˜‰

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        Antonia

        February 4, 2016

        Nuts and dates are the best. I am going to try this soon.

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          Smiling Notes

          February 4, 2016

          Give it a try.. I’m sure you will like it πŸ‘πŸΌ

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    laurasmess

    February 4, 2016

    Wow, these look wonderful! I love sweet treats made of fruit and nuts, they’re delicious and much healthier for you (than the typical chocolatey or flour-based cake). I will give your variation a go. Love that you can individually wrap one and bring it in your handbag for a quick pick-me-up! x

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      Smiling Notes

      February 4, 2016

      Glad you liked it.. Yup it’s definitely healthier than the sugar and flour laden treats that one generally tends to eat! Thanks for stopping by 😊

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        laurasmess

        February 5, 2016

        My pleasure lovely! Keep on making these beautiful things, so fun reading your happy food experiences xx

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    Linda Fernandes

    February 5, 2016

    Wooooow so nutritious and incredible recipe darling Sis ❀

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    eatingwellnyc

    February 5, 2016

    So simple, nice. This is something my mom would love.

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      Smiling Notes

      February 5, 2016

      Thanks a lot.. So glad you liked it 😊
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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    throughmyrosetingedglasses

    February 5, 2016

    Looks delicious! πŸ™‚

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    cookingwithauntjuju.com

    February 6, 2016

    A simple but delicious energy bar I am sure! Roasting the nuts always adds some great flavor to a recipe πŸ™‚

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 6, 2016

      Yes simple yet healthy.. All the more reason to love it 😊 thanks a lot!

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    milliethom

    February 7, 2016

    Dates, nuts and cranberries – all tasty and healthy foods – and an easy to make recipe. What’s not to like? Fantastic. πŸ™‚

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    February 9, 2016

    Wonderful and healthy! I am sharing this on facebook and twitter! yumm

  • Reply

    These look and sound amazing! I have all the ingredients too! Pinning!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 9, 2016

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for giving the opportunity to share! 😊

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    Opinionated Man

    February 9, 2016

    I could definitely use some energy today!

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    jsackmom

    February 10, 2016

    Oh I love date bars they’re so yummy! I’m pinning this so I can try out your recipe. πŸ˜ƒ

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      Smiling Notes

      February 10, 2016

      Thank you so much for stoping by and pinning!! I’m sure you will love them 😊

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        jsackmom

        February 11, 2016

        Yes I’m going to go buy some dates tomorrow and give this a go. 😊

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          Smiling Notes

          February 11, 2016

          πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌhope you like it as much as I did! Have fun!

          • jsackmom

            February 11, 2016

            Thank you I love baking with my kids. 😊

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    Sherry

    February 10, 2016

    These look fantastic! Great ingredients, too. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday.

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      Smiling Notes

      February 10, 2016

      Thank you for stopping by.. So happy to share on funtastic Friday!

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    Sandhya

    February 10, 2016

    These look simply divine! I love the combination of dates and nuts. Yum!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 14, 2016

      Thanks a lot Sandhya! Feel honoured to get a compliment from such a talented person like you πŸ™‚

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    Debbie Rodrigues

    February 12, 2016

    Lovely recipe. I’ll surely give it a shot.
    Thanks a lot for sharing it!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 12, 2016

      Thanks a lot Debbie for the sweet comment and for stopping by! 😊

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    bakeforgranted

    February 14, 2016

    Healthy and no-bake – making these ones!!

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 14, 2016

      I’m sure you will like them. Thanks a lot for stopping by! 😊

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    Thrifty Guardian

    February 14, 2016

    My son loves date bars! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe πŸ™‚

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 14, 2016

      I’m sure you will like it.. Thanks a lot! 😊

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    bargainbaglady

    February 15, 2016

    I really need a food processor so I can make all of these awesome energy bites!

    Sammy @ http://Www.bargainbaglady.com {xx}

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      Smiling Notes

      February 15, 2016

      They are really awesome.. thanks a lot for stopping by πŸ™‚

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    Tanya de Kruijff

    February 15, 2016

    I’m afraid my blender will not be strong enough to take this… It looks very yummie, though!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 15, 2016

      Aww that’s a bummer.. You can use a food processor if you have 😊 thanks a lot for stopping by Tanya.

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        Tanya de Kruijff

        February 15, 2016

        That’s the thing… I don’t have it… But I hope to have one in the future. Then I would definitely want to try out your recipe. πŸ™‚

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          Smiling Notes

          February 15, 2016

          Oh ok.. Even I don’t have a food processor so used my blender (which thankfully took that much of pressure)

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        Tanya de Kruijff

        February 15, 2016

        Thanks for the tips. Btw, I noticed you started following my blog Tanya’s Tales. It’s very nice, but that blog is entirely in Dutch up until now. If you’d like to follow my English blog (on which I am way more active anyway), please visit http://www.twinklytanya.com. For some reason, gravatar doesn’t let me pick this as my main blog when reacting… Thank you! 😊

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          Smiling Notes

          February 15, 2016

          Yes I noticed that it is in Dutch but I translated it to English from the Google chrome settings 😊 Now that you told me about your other blog, I will follow that. Thanks for letting me know.

          • Tanya de Kruijff

            February 15, 2016

            The Dutch blog is a story blog. I think Google translate won’t do it justice. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for following me! πŸ˜„

          • Smiling Notes

            February 15, 2016

            Hehee thanks for letting me know about it.. Following your other blog now πŸ˜‰

          • Tanya de Kruijff

            February 15, 2016

            I’m following you too. I love your recipes!

          • Smiling Notes

            February 15, 2016

            Thanks a lot Tanya! So glad to meet you 😊

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    Ellen Folkman

    February 15, 2016

    No bake and only 6 ingredients?! Winner!

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      Smiling Notes

      February 15, 2016

      Hehee yes a true winner! πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot for stopping by Ellen.

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    mounika

    February 21, 2016

    yummy and tasty!

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    Natalie - Tea, Cake & Make

    February 21, 2016

    These sound so delicious and may have to try them to pop into my snack drawer at work!!

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 21, 2016

      They are indeed yummy and great to snack on 😊thanks a lot for stopping by Natalie!

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    Charlotte Poitras

    February 21, 2016

    I was wondering if you had any ideas of other fruits I could make the recipe with? Thanks.

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      Smiling Notes

      February 21, 2016

      Hii I had seen a similar recipe which had dried figs instead of dates. You can even use a combo of dried figs and dried cranberries if you wish. I haven’t tried it out yet but the recipe was almost the same. I hope this helped.

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    Kate

    February 22, 2016

    These look great! My gluten free husband will love them, and so will I. Thanks!

    • Reply

      Smiling Notes

      February 22, 2016

      Oh that’s awesome Kate!! Thanks a lot for appreciating my post.

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    CJ Huang

    February 29, 2016

    Loving these no bake date energy bars! Just wanted to stop by and congratulate you again for being featured on Inspire Me Monday today! πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      February 29, 2016

      Thanks a lot CJ for the feature once again!! Made me sooo happy that I sent a link of your post to my hubby and told him to check it out 😊😘

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    bloggerlovestheking

    March 2, 2016

    These look really good.

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      Smiling Notes

      March 2, 2016

      Thanks a lot.. they are really easy and fun to make πŸ™‚

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    Bradleigh@WideMeadow

    March 2, 2016

    This is great! I love energy bars with dates. Have you ever thought about soaking your nuts and seeds before using them? It makes them a lot easier to digest and makes the nutrients in them more available for the body to absorb. I wrote last week about why and how to do it, if you’re interested! Check it out here: http://www.widemeadow.com/beginners-guide-to-soaked-grains-part-2-soaking-methods/

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      Smiling Notes

      March 2, 2016

      Ooh that is very interesting! I wasn’t aware that soaking them helps the body so much.. heading over to your blog now πŸ™‚

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    joylovefood

    March 6, 2016

    Ooooh, I think I have all of the ingredients for these in my pantry, I will have to give it a try, they sound wonderful and I love dates! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 6, 2016

      I’m sure you will love them!! Thanks a lot for checking out my post and for hosting 😊

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    Jhuls

    March 7, 2016

    I love these no-bake bars. I have to give them a try very soon. πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      March 7, 2016

      They are so easy and fun to make! I’m sure you will love them πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    Laurie

    March 8, 2016

    I love this and am looking forward to trying it. Perfect timing too, as this will be wonderful to take on our hike next weekend! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share.
    ~Laurie

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Thanks a lot for your sweet words Laurie.. I’m sure you will love them! Thanks for hosting snickerdoodle Sunday!! XoXo

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    Helen Fern

    March 8, 2016

    I love dates! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” linky party!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Thanks a lot for hosting Helen πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    Charlene Asay

    March 8, 2016

    I have never eaten dates, but these look super healthy and good for you. Love it. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link up Party this week. Have a wonderful week.

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      Smiling Notes

      March 9, 2016

      Thanks a lot for hosting and for your sweet comment Charlene 😊

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    Grace

    March 9, 2016

    Yum, those look fantastic! I love making granola bars, but I often have a hard time using dates. I have a Ninja food processor and blender, but I still struggle with it. I buy my dates in bulk so maybe they’re too dried out. Any tips?

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      Smiling Notes

      March 9, 2016

      I think they may be too dry if they are getting difficult to process in the Ninja. One tip I had read was to soak the dates in water for about an hour or so which makes blending much easier. Maybe that will help. Thanks a lot for your sweet comment Grace 😊

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    Jenn Peters

    March 13, 2016

    These would be a great snack to pack for a road trip! Or for a day at a park πŸ™‚

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