Allergy Friendly No Bake
Chia Energy Bars
I found this amazing and simple recipe on Pinterest of No-Bake Apricot Chia Energy Bars from Cupcakes and Kale Chips. Even though I didn’t use apricots in my own version, they still came out amazing! (Thanks Brianne from Cupcakes and Kale Chips for the recipe!)
Now since I am very much into allergy friendly and easy to make meals and snacks, this recipe was very appealing. I love the dried apple slices from Trader Joes as they are easy to use and make a great snack for any leftovers. Plus they are not too expensive either and it’s much faster to purchase them than to make your own. Though making your own is probably the healthiest option really.
Then there is the Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips. Although they are expensive, they have a dedicated facility that is top 8 allergy friendly along with no sesame, sulfites, etc. In this recipe, you don’t have to use the chocolate chips but could use any brand you may like or even chocolate chunks too! I love using the dark chocolate morsels in this recipe. The instructions below follow Brianne’s recipe directions mostly. 🙂
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup (approx) of dried apple slices roughly torn
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 1/4-1/2 Tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4-1/2 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (Or a handful or two works!)
- Line a square pan with parchment paper. Pan size can be a small loaf pan to a 9×9 square pan.
- Using a knife, remove the pits from the Medjool dates and add the dates to your food processor.
- Then take your dried apple slices and roughly tear into pieces before adding to your food processor with the dates.
- Add 2 TBS chia seeds and your 1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the mix.
- Place the lid on your food processor and then pulse till your mixture becomes semi-solid and your dried apples are mixed in thoroughly.
- Add your chocolate chips and pulse your processor a few more times to break up and mix the chips into the date mix.
- Take your date mixture and place it in the parchment-lined pan. Using another sheet of parchment (or your hand if you don’t mind getting messy a bit), and press the mixture flat so it reaches all sides of the pan.
- Once done, cover and let sit to solidify in the refrigerator.
- Then remove from the refrigerator and cut into squares before serving. You can also wrap them in smaller pieces of parchment paper and place in ziplock bags to save for later too.