Now, I have to give Mijanne all the credit for this one. You see, I have the pleasure of getting to work with Mijanne every once in a while on set for Fiction. So, that means I get to enjoy lots of friendship and lots of really good food. We hire her for her wealth of production knowledge, but truly enjoy the benefits of her food knowledge as she stocks our craft services table. Seriously, if you need someone to feed you, you want it to be her.
So, a few weeks ago, we were on set together down in South Florida on a tomato farm. She was our crafty girl and not only did she make some insane caprese apps from the tomatoes we picked right off the vines, but she came armed with homemade energy bars. Yes, we were in the middle of nowhere and she showed up with healthy homemade goodies!
Everyone loved these snack bars and I practically begged her for the recipe. Luckily, Mijanne is more generous than should be allowed and she offered up this quick recipe without much trouble. It’s one that’s been floating around Pinterest, but can be modified about a zillion different way to suit your particular fancy. Just how I like it!
I’ve shared below how I like them based on a few various batches. Give them a try and let me know what kind of experimenting you do to create your own!
What You’ll Need::
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup dried blueberries
- 1 Tbsp raw, local honey
- 1 tsp raw chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp raw, local honey
What To Do::
- Toss dates, almonds, and half your honey into a food processor or VitaMix and blend until almonds are chopped pretty well.
- Continuing to process/blend, add your cranberries, blueberries, and remaining honey. You’ll likely have to scrape down the side of your processor/blender a few times to keep incorporating the ingredients with one another.
- Keep blending until ingredients form a dense ball.
- Scrape the entire contents of your container onto a large wax paper surface, place another piece of wax paper on top and gently press mixture down with your hands.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the mixture into a 1/4″ thick rectangle. Remove the top layer of wax paper and sprinkle coconut and chia seeds on the top. Replace top piece of wax paper and use the rolling pin to press the last ingredients into the top of the blended mixture.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Using a pizza cutter, slice blended mixture into equal pieces. Cut the used wax paper into appropriate sizes and stack the bars between pieces for each storage in ziplock bags.
- Enjoy whenever you need a little pick me up!
Nourish and Be Nourished::