Isn’t it amazing how the simplest of ingredients, like lemon and dates, can transform into the most delicious of healthy treats?! These homemade lemon pie larabars are so simple I don’t know if I can even call it a recipe! All you need is dates, almonds, cashews, lemon and sea salt!! Blend, press, set, slice…EAT!! Be careful though, they’re rather addicting!
Be Prepared With Healthy Snacks
I like to keep a stash of healthy snacks and treats on hand at all times so I always have to something to grab in a pinch. Raw energy bars are my go-to sweet treat because I know exactly what’s in them and I can feel good about snack time. Plus they’re so easy to make at home you really don’t even need a recipe for them. Basically throw a bunch of ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough, then press into bars or roll into bars and your’e done!
Best Ingredients For Raw Energy Bars
These are some of my favourite ingredients for making raw energy balls and bars at home. If you keep a selection of these ingredients on hand, you’ll always be ready to whip up some raw energy bites and bars! For a full list of how to stock a vegan pantry, check out this post.
1. Dates, raisins, figs, prunes or other dried fruits.
These act as your base. I’ve made energy bars with all 4. My favourite is dates for their texture and sweet, caramel flavour. I like raisins for flavour and consistency too plus they’re inexpensive and easy to find. I haven’t used figs or prunes as much but they do work as a base as well.
You can also use dried cherries, apricots, mulberries or dried apples. Depending on how dry they are, you may need to soak them in boiling water before using in your recipe. You can try raisins in these Nut-Free Chewy Vegan Granola Bars.
2. Nut and Seed Butters
Depending on what I’m making, I’ll use nut butters for flavour and/or binding. Peanut butter is my go-to and goes so well in so many different recipes but almond butter and cashew butter are also delicious! I also like adding tahini to my bars. You can try almond butter in these Raw Almond Butter Cookies.
3. Vegan Protein Powder
A good staple for increasing the protein content of your energy bars and adding sweetness without additional sweeteners. I like pea-based protein powders such as Vega Performance Protein best for recipes but hemp protein is also a good choice! Try protein powder in these No-Bake Coconut Protein Bites.
4. A Variety Of Nuts and Seeds
My go-to nuts for creating the base of energy bars are cashews and almonds. Walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and hemp seeds also work well. I’ve used hemp seeds as the base of a recipe but other seeds like chia and sesame are usually just an add-in. You can try hemp seeds in these Raw Hemp Seed Maca Energy Balls.
5. Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
I often add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips or cacao nibs just to cover my chocolate-craving bases! You can also use chopped dark chocolate or carob chips. I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for all my chocolate chip recipes. Try chocolate chips in these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls.
6. Cocoa Powder or Cacao Powder
Cocoa powder is inexpensive but processed and doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrition. Cacao powder costs a bit more but is nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants. They can be used interchangeably in raw energy bar recipes. You can read more about the difference between the two in this post. Try cacao powder in these Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls.
7. Flavour Extracts
8. Pink Sea Salt
9. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
If I’m keeping a recipe nut-free or lower in fat, I’ll usually use either rolled oats or quick oats to hold everything together. You can try these Raw Nut-Free Gingerbread Balls for an oat-based recipe.
11. Maple Syrup
If you need a little additional binding and added sweetness, pure maple syrup is the way to go!
Those are the basics of raw energy bar recipes. Some of my favourite energy bars are made with just dates and nuts. I love cashews, dates and sea salt. Coconut, dates and almonds is awesome. Peanut butter, dates and cashews is great too. You can get really get creative with energy bar recipes and come up with the most delicious and satisfying, simple healthy snacks.
Homemade Lemon Pie Larabars
These homemade lemon pie larabars are made with dates, almonds, cashews, lemon and sea salt. They taste fresh, flavourful, energizing and refreshing. They store nicely in the freezer, travel well for fuel on-the-go and contain plenty of nutrition to keep you going through busy days.
You could wrap these up individually in wax paper or just take them to go in a container. I pressed mine and cut them into squares but you can also roll them into delicious, little energy balls.
There isn’t really too much else to tell you, you can’t get much easier than this! I hope you enjoy these simple, nutritious, whole-food bars. Grab one anytime you need a boost of natural energy!Print
Simple, whole food, nutritious ingredients make up these fresh and flavourful lemon pie energy bars. Grab one anytime you need a boost in natural energy!
- Place the nuts in a food processor or high-speed blender and process until broken down.
- Add dates, lemon and sea salt and continue blending until it forms a dough.
- Remove from blender and press into a parchment or wax paper-lined baking pan. Alternatively, roll the dough into balls.
- Place in the freezer for an hour or two.
- Cut into 8 large bars or 16 squares.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.
Lightly adapted from Leite’s Culinaria.