Lemon Poppy Seed No-Bake Energy Bars

Healthy, whole ingredients like almonds, dates, and whole grain oats come together in this easy no-bake recipe.  Fresh lemon, shredded coconut, and poppy seeds create bright, delicious flavor.  These gluten-free, oil-free vegan bars are kid-friendly and great for a pre-workout snack.

MEDIUM       Servings: 24                    Ready In: 15 minutes + 1 hour to Set

 Lemon Poppy Seed No Bake Bars - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Refined Sugar or Syrup Vegan Snack Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed No Bake Bars - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Refined Sugar or Syrup Vegan Snack Recipe

 Healthy, whole ingredients like almonds, dates, and whole grain oats come together in this easy no-bake recipe

Healthy, whole ingredients like almonds, dates, and whole grain oats come together in this easy no-bake recipe

  No refined sugar or syrups : Whole dates provide all of the sweetness you need in this recipe.  The fiber in these dates also helps hold the bars together.  Refined sugar, maple syrup, and coconut sugar all lack this fiber -- which means a sugar-spike and bars that can fall apart

No refined sugar or syrups: Whole dates provide all of the sweetness you need in this recipe.  The fiber in these dates also helps hold the bars together.  Refined sugar, maple syrup, and coconut sugar all lack this fiber -- which means a sugar-spike and bars that can fall apart

  Chef's Flavor Tip:  For maximum flavor, use the zest of an entire lemon in this recipe.  A microplane works best for removing the zest

Chef's Flavor Tip: For maximum flavor, use the zest of an entire lemon in this recipe.  A microplane works best for removing the zest

  Sticky Tip:   You want the bar mixture to clump together.  If it's too dry, simply add a little more water.  If it gets too wet, add a few more oats or oat flour

Sticky Tip:  You want the bar mixture to clump together.  If it's too dry, simply add a little more water.  If it gets too wet, add a few more oats or oat flour

 Use your hands to press the bar into a pan that's been lined with plastic wrap.  Make sure to press the mix all the way into the corners.  Try to get it into one even layer

Use your hands to press the bar into a pan that's been lined with plastic wrap.  Make sure to press the mix all the way into the corners.  Try to get it into one even layer

Ingredients

1 cup Almonds* (4 oz)
1 ½ cup Dates (300g)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 lemon, zest (and juice from only half the lemon)
2 teaspoons Poppy Seeds
1 ½ cup rolled Oats
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Coconut flake, unsweetened
2-4 tablespoons water, as needed


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Procedure

To make the Lemon Poppy Seed Bars:  In a food processor, combine the almonds and dates.  Puree until well-chopped and starting to stick together.  This might take a good 1-2 minutes, depending on the dryness of your dates.
Add the vanilla, lemon zest and juice, poppy seeds, oats, and salt.  Puree until the mixture starts to come together.  While the food processor is running, stream in 2 tablespoons of water.  Remove the lid and feel the bar mix to check the consistency.  You want the mixture to be sticky and clump together.  If the mixture is too dry, place the lid back on and stream in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach this consistency.  I usually end up using about 4 tablespoons of water.  Add in the coconut flake and puree just 2-3 seconds to incorporate.

To press and set your No-Bake bars:  Line a 9x9 square pan with plastic wrap.  Place the bar mixture into the pan and use your fingers to press it all the way to the edges.  Cover the top with another layer of plastic.  Place another 9x9 pan on top and weigh it down with a couple of heavy cans.
Place the pans in a freezer for 1 hour.

When the bars have set, remove them from the pan.  Cut into 24 bars and enjoy!

Yield: 24 Bars

  ** Storage tip:   Keep these bars wrapped in plastic and they’ll hold up for 7 days in the fridge.  For longer storage, wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to 3 months.  Simply defrost in the fridge (or a gym bag) for a few hours.

** Storage tip:  Keep these bars wrapped in plastic and they’ll hold up for 7 days in the fridge.  For longer storage, wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to 3 months.  Simply defrost in the fridge (or a gym bag) for a few hours.


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* Keeping it Raw?  Make sure to get raw almonds for a truly raw recipe.  Most almonds in the US are pasteurized to make them shelf-safe.  If you want to avoid pasteurized nuts, this recipe also works with raw cashews.  Simply swap out 1:1 for the almonds.

** Storage tip:  Keep these bars wrapped in plastic and they’ll hold up for 7 days in the fridge.  For longer storage, wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to 3 months.  Simply defrost in the fridge (or a gym bag 😊) for a few hours.

*** Seed Variety:  You can also use black chia seeds in this recipe instead of the poppy seeds.  If you want to avoid the specks of black, try using white chia seeds or white sesame seeds


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/24 of a recipe (1.3 ounces).

Calories 166.27
Calories From Fat (49%) 81.81
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.78g 15%
Saturated Fat 6.19g 31%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 52.8mg 2%
Potassium 207.11mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 18.43g 6%
Fiber 4.22g 17%
Sugar 8.05g
Protein 3.67g 7%
Calcium 0.68mg <1%
Iron 28.23mg 157%
Vitamin A 1.23IU <1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%