Love Larabars? Then you’re going to love these 5-ingredient, No Bake Key Lime Pie Energy Bars!
I’m officially declaring this the Week of the Real Food Snack.
Life gets really crazy sometimes which means skipped meals and a high risk for hangry episodes. Crazy/busy/hectic also translates into poorly executed snack attacks if you’re not prepared.
Thankfully, there are a multitude of great pre-made snacks out there that you can drop into your bag or carryon luggage, stash in your desk drawer or hand over to your approaching-critical-mass children when you’re stuck in traffic somewhere between errands number five and six. Because ain’t nobody got time for a meltdown.
You might have already guessed that I’m pretty keen on kitchen DIY, when it’s easy. If I can take just 15 minutes to whip out a lifesaving snack for the week then I’m all about it. Like these Key Lime Pie Energy Bars. They’re just 5 ingredients and no crap or fillers and they’re a great alternative to Larabars since there’s no packaging, you can customize the flavors (or add collagen or other protein powder, if you please) and use can use organic ingredients (sadly, Larabars are not organic). Plus, my kids love making them. All I really have to do is supervise the food processor part because rubber spatulas stuck into the moving food processors is messy. Yeah, that happened.
If you haven’t tried making your own homemade Larabars, now is the time. You won’t believe how simple these Key Lime Pie Energy Bars are!
Place all ingredients in the food processor and process until mixture resembles very coarse sand and sticks together when you pinch it between your fingers. If the mixture is too dry – add another date or a few drops of water and process again. If mixture is too wet, add a few more nuts and process again.
If you’re going to add collagen or unflavored protein powder, you’ll likely need to tinker with the amount of moisture because some powders (like plant-based powders) seem to soak up more moisture than does collagen or egg-white powders.
Press the fruit and nut mixture into a square on a parchment-lined baking sheet or roll the mixture between your hands to form it into balls. Both are delicious, just depends on if you want a bar or a ball.
Top with additional lime zest, if desired. I used a Microplane zester/grater to remove just the zest (and not the bitter white pith) then pressed the zest into the surface of the bars.
Refrigerate the Key Lime Pie Energy Bars for 30 minutes or longer if your mixture feels too sticky to cut. Cut into bars and wrap in parchment paper, if desired, before transferring them to a covered container. You can also skip the parchment paper wrap and lay them right into the container, placing parchment paper between layers of bars to keep them from sticking together. If you made them into balls there’s no need to wrap anything. Just toss them in the container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Enjoy and don’t forget to pack some along for emergencies!
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
- Process until mixture is crumbly yet still holds together well when pinched between your fingers. If mixture is too dry, add another date and process again or add a splash of water. If mixture is too wet, add a few more nuts and process again until crumbly.
- Press mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet forming a square about 9 x 9 inches (or roll them between your hands to form them into 16 balls). Place bars in the fridge to chill if they seem sticky.
- Cut into 12 bars. Wrap in parchment paper and store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Serving Size: 1 Bar (or 2 Balls)
- Calories: 146
- Sugar: 14g
- Sodium: 14mg
- Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 19g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
What’s your favorite on-the-go snack for preventing meltdowns? Share in the comments below!
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Photo Credit: The photos in this blog post were taken by Jess of Plays Well with Butter.
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