Cranberry Orange Holiday Energy Bars

October 4, 2013 § 8 Comments

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Don’t you just love Larabars? I think they’re magical. Five ingredients. Blend. Voila!

But not all the flavors are that magical. Does the chocolate chip cookie dough make anyone else nauseous? And where are the seasonal flavors? (Note: I just discovered they make a pumpkin pie version. Go Larabar!)

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This recipe is a holiday-centered take on the Larabar technique. Though forgive me, it has more of a winter flavor profile than a fall one. Yes, I know it just turned October, but you take inspiration when you can get it. Mine came in the form of a yummy bread recipe from the amazing Happy. Healthy. Life. called Sugar Plum Fairy Bread. It looks magical, too, except that it’s bread. So I decided to try a gluten-free version of those flavors.

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Winter fruits like cranberries and oranges combine with holiday spices for an easy, yummy holiday-stress pick-me-up. You can even cut them into any shape you want (holiday cookie cutters anyone?)! I stuck with squares because being kitchen-less forces you to embrace the simple things. But simple things can still be loved, right?

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Cranberry Orange Holiday Energy Bars

inspired by this recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dates

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup cashews

2 Tbs walnuts

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or to taste)

1/2 tsp orange zest

1 Tbs orange juice

Directions:

1. Blend until mixture becomes sticky and easy to form into shapes.

2. Cut into preferred shapes and enjoy!

(Note: These are pretty sticky! Storing them in the fridge helps, but for more ideas on how to de-stick these, please see the comments below!)

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I’m sharing this post with Raw Foods ThursdaysWellness Weekend, Healthy Vegan Friday and Whole Food Fridays.

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