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.

Variation: 

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