No-bake grain-free energy bars
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Serves: 8 bars
What you need
  • ½ cup dates, roughly chopped and pressed in to the measuring cup
  • ½ cup golden raisins (you can also try dried unsweetened cherries, cranberries, apricot, or other gooey dried fruit)
  • 2 cups nuts (I used a mix of almonds, pecans and cashews, which I know are not TECHNICALLY nuts sosueme, but the variety is up to you)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I use these)
  • ½ cup warmed coconut butter (sometimes called coconut manna or coconut cream concentrate; I use this brand, you can also get Artisana and Nutiva brands at health food stores)
  • 2 scoops of Vital Proteins collagen peptides for protein (OR 1 scoop of collagen peptides and 1 scoop of Vital Proteins whey protein)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
What to do
  1. Put the dried fruit in a food processor and pulse until it's well-chopped and getting a little pasty.
  2. Add nuts, coconut flakes, coconut butter, protein (optional), salt, cinnamon and pulse until a nice blobby chunky mixture forms.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a 8x8 square baking dish lined with parchment paper and smush it down evenly into the dish with your fingers.
  4. Put the dish in the refrigerator to cool; after at least 1 hour, remove, cut into bars, and put bars back in the fridge until you're ready for one. (You can also wait and cut bars as needed.)
Recipe by Real Food Liz at