Almond Goji Energy Bars

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These grain-free Almond Goji Energy Bars are made of just nuts, fruit, coconut, eggs and love! (Drizzle with unsweetened chocolate if desired) | Fresh Planet Flavor

I made a healthy snack today. I’m constantly experimenting with things to grab and chew between the office and the gym, so consider this another recipe in the pre-workout category, although these are delicious any time, with or without a workout. I love a good homemade energy bar in terms of concept, because store-bought ones so frequently disappoint. Loaded with sugar and “gluten-free” trickery, hard-ass dried fruit, chocolate that just doesn’t taste quite right if you close your eyes. I decided to tackle this project myself, using readily-available ingredients like dates and almonds, plus goji berries for a touch of color and exoticism. I forgot that gojis stain a dough orange if you cut them into the other ingredients with a blender, but no harm done. . . the sunny color of these only adds to their appeal.

These are super easy to adapt, too. Simply use whatever nuts you like best or have on hand, and whatever dried fruit is available to substitute for the goji berries. Maybe next time I’ll add a touch of cinnamon or vanilla, but these babies are wonderful as is. They’re moderately more easier to cut if chilled, and are a bit crumbly as you take a bite, but will stick together at room temperature, which is a definite must-have for workout fuel snagged on the go. These energy bars are nutty, a bit chewy, a bit crumbly, keep well and are super filling. I cut them small and ration them out: one per day or I’d eat the whole pan. 😉

These grain-free Almond Goji Energy Bars are made of just nuts, fruit, coconut, eggs and love! (Drizzle with unsweetened chocolate if desired) | Fresh Planet Flavor

So give these a whirl, and feel free to leave off the fancy chocolate drizzle and bee pollen. I simply can’t leave well enough alone where toppings are concerned. Drizzle! Sprinkle! All the things. If you make these, give me a shout in the comments and let me know how it went.  Big hugs to all of you this week. xoxo

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Almond Goji Energy Bars
 
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • [b]Bars[/b]
  • 3 cups almonds
  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup goji berries
  • ½ cup packed pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing pan
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch salt
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  • [b]Toppings[/b]
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • Bee pollen
  • Almonds
  • Goji berries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8″ square cake pan, set aside.
  2. Place the ingredients for the bars in a food processor, and pulse until a coarse, chunky dough has formed.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the greased pan, press into an even layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until browned.
  4. Once fully cooked, remove from the oven and let cool in the pan then slice and serve. If desired, top with melted chocolate, bee pollen, more almonds and goji berries.
 

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30 comments

Tina @ Oh Snap! Let's Eat! August 20, 2015 - 9:44 pm

This looks so good, I might make a bunch and bring it to work some time!

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Grok Grub August 20, 2015 - 10:46 pm

You should, they’re a crowd pleaser. 🙂

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linda spiker August 20, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Goji berries make such a great addition! Beautiful recipe!

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Grok Grub August 21, 2015 - 6:44 am

Yep, gojis are one of my faves!

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Tash August 21, 2015 - 2:26 am

Could your food possibly get any better looking?? What gorgeous photos! They almost look too pretty to eat… almost 😉

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Megan Stevens August 21, 2015 - 2:36 am

I love the eggs added to the LaraBar type ingredients, for holding them together and added protein. The chocolate drizzle is a must, imo. 😉 Lovely!

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Grok Grub August 21, 2015 - 6:44 am

Oh, yes… gotta have eggs!

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Nora (A Clean Bake) August 21, 2015 - 6:22 pm

I have sworn off store bought energy bars too, after one too many disappointing bars. I usually make them raw, but I love the idea of adding eggs for structure and more protein.

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Grok Grub August 21, 2015 - 7:41 pm

I have a few raw bars here on this site but I like to mix it up. Makes them seem less sugary and better for before/after a workout, somehow.

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Chrissa - Physical Kitchness August 21, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Oh my word, these look better than anything you could ever buy! I love the thought of devouring for breakfast or as an afternoon snack or bringing on a long hike! Bravo!!!

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Grok Grub August 21, 2015 - 7:41 pm

They would be soooooo fun on a hike, great idea!

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Leah Sannar August 21, 2015 - 7:26 pm

These look like a great snack! :o)

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Grok Grub October 27, 2015 - 4:57 pm

They’re tastyyyyy!

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mandi August 21, 2015 - 9:12 pm

These look yummy! Always looking for new gluten free treats – and your photography is GORGEOUS.

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Grok Grub August 21, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Thank you! If you leave the chocolate unsweetened, these aren’t too much of a treat, just nuts and fruit. 😀

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Loriel August 24, 2015 - 1:40 pm

This. looks. amazing.

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Grok Grub August 24, 2015 - 4:12 pm

Thanks, they’re so tasty.

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Vanessa August 25, 2015 - 10:28 pm

Yum! I need these for work asap!

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Georgie August 27, 2015 - 4:00 pm

I am literally always drooling on my keyboard when I am looking at your site! These look immense!

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Grok Grub August 27, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Quite a compliment from you, my dear!

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Jane September 15, 2015 - 6:28 pm

I count carbs, what would you say a serving is?

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amanda July 11, 2016 - 2:40 pm

I don’t see the recipe, can you let me know where it is or how to access it?

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Fresh Planet Flavor July 11, 2016 - 5:33 pm

Are you on a mobile device?

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Lauralee July 29, 2016 - 12:17 am

I don’t see a recipe either and I’m on a computer.

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Fresh Planet Flavor July 29, 2016 - 12:36 am

Whoops, it’s there now!

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Jean September 13, 2016 - 3:44 pm

I just bought some dried strawberries. Could they be added instead of the goji berries?

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Fresh Planet Flavor September 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

I think that should work, the end result may be a little more tart…

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Jasmine October 3, 2016 - 11:09 am

These are really great. I just have a question about storage. Should they be stored in the fridge or can I leave them at room temperature and for how long?

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Fresh Planet Flavor October 3, 2016 - 7:37 pm

They definitely need to be refrigerated, I estimate they’ll last a week in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

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