Remember the no-bake peanut butter cookies I shared two weeks ago? I’ve got another healthy back-to-school snack for you in store today: Fig Pecan Energy Bars. These are life savers when you’re on the go and craving a sweet snack. They’re chewy, nutty and made with simple pure ingredients. Perfect for a quick energy boost!
Easy 5-Ingredient Fig Pecan Energy Bars (Homemade Larabars)
SERVES: 8 small bars
EQUIPMENT: food processor, rubber spatula, oven dish or baking tray (to shape the bars)
1 teaspoon chia seeds, soaked in 1 tablespoon water
1 cup pecans (preferably sprouted)
1 cup almonds (preferably sprouted, or extra pecans)
1 cup dried figs, roughly chopped and soaked in warm water for at least 10 minutes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Vanilla powder and Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt, to taste
Cinnamon, to taste (optional)
Water, as needed for binding
Toppings: cacao nibs, lime zest, shredded coconut, goji berries…
- Soak your chia seeds in 1 tablespoon of water for 5 minutes. This will turn into chia gel.
- In the meantime, put your pecans and almonds in a food processor fitted with an S-blade. Mix until finely ground.
- Add the soaked figs and mix again.
- Add the lemon juice, chia gel and vanilla powder, salt and cinnamon to taste. Mix again. Taste and adjust the flavoring if needed.
- If your dough is too crumbly, add a little water to the mixture and mix again. You will know the dough is ready when it forms into a ball.
- Now it’s time to shape the dough into bars. Grease your oven dish with some coconut oil or line it with baking paper (to prevent the bars from sticking to the oven dish).
- Spread out the mixture in an oven dish and add your favorite toppings. I used shredded coconut, lemon zest & edible rose petals.
- Put the oven dish in the freezer for at least 10 minutes so the dough can harden.
- Cut the dough into bars and enjoy!
JULIE’S TIPS & TRICKS:
- These Fig Pecan Energy Bars will stay fresh for at least 2 weeks if you store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or even longer if you keep them in the freezer.
- The chia seeds will act as a binder and they’re also a great source of plant-based protein & omega-3-fats.
- You could replace the pecans & almonds with any other nuts or seeds of your choice. Also, feel free to experiment with other types of dried fruit like apricots, apple slices or raisins.
Now I would love to hear from you! Have you ever tried raw vegan energy bars? Do you have a favorite flavor combination or brand? Definitely let me know by leaving a comment down below.