Walnut Energy Bars

Walnut Energy Bars

Nothing but great nutritious ingredients in these gluten free bars! Perfect before a workout, for breakfast, or a good for you snack.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups California Walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried Mediterranean apricots
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons cherry extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside 1 cup walnuts.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in a food processor and process just until mixture is sticky and holds together.
  3. Add remaining walnuts and pulse on and off to coarsely chop.
  4. Press into a 7 X 10-inch rectangle and cut into 20 equal pieces.
  5. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to an airtight container.

Makes 20 bars. (Alternately, cut into 1-inch squares for a more bite-size bar.)

Variation: Add 1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut. Reduce cherry extract to 1 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon coconut extract.