Nani’s Energy Bars

During the summer of 2011, I was studying for the California Bar Exam and my Nani was living with us in California. I was extremely lucky to have her support as she was crucial to my success on the Exam. Every morning, Nani made me a fresh breakfast and packed me a nutritious homemade lunch. As a treat, she’d give me a few homemade energy bars that I could sneak in as a snack during my morning class. They were absolutely delicious, nutritious, and easy to eat. They are also so easy to make and now I eat them regularly after workouts or if I’m in need of a power bar during a long day.

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  1. 1 cup raw almonds (roasted at 350 degrees for 10 minutes)
  2. 1 cup raw cashews (roasted at 350 degrees for 10 minutes)
  3. 2/3 cup pecans (roasted at 350 degrees for 5 minutes)
  4. 12 medjool dates (you can substitute some of the dates with your favorite dry fruit)
  5. 1 tsp. ghee (or butter)
  1. Roast each batch of nuts separately per the above settings and in a toaster oven. Make sure to let cool before moving on to the next step.
  2. Process the dates in a food processor, just a tad (5 seconds or less). Then add the nuts and pulse / process everything together for 5-10 seconds. Keep the texture crumbly; don’t run the food processor so much that it becomes powder.
  3. In a wide pan, melt one teaspoon ghee (or butter), and add the nuts and dates mixture.
  4. Stir over medium heat until everything is hot and the dates have melted.
  5. Set the mixture in a tray (that has been greased with a tad of butter or ghee), pressing the mix down so it sticks together. Tip: you might want to use a press as the mixture will be hot!
  6. Finally, use your hands to roll the mixture into mini balls. By this point, the mixture should be warm, but if you can’t handle the heat, use gloves. You’ll need to work quickly and finish before the mixture cools / sets completely.
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  1. Anusha says

    Hi priya didi! I was wondering if you had a vegan substitute for the ghee used in this recipe? I’d really appreciate it! Thank you!

    • Priya Gulati says

      Hi Anusha! So sorry I am responding to your comment so late. I think coconut oil would be a great replacement for vegans! :)

  2. Bansari says

    Hi! For some reason, the dates wouldn’t melt over the pan…so then I just mixed in some peanut butter and honey into the nut/dates mixture and formed little balls. Tasted great! Thanks for the recipe! (I love your blog btw)


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