Healthy no-bake lemon energy bars
These no-bake lemon energy bars are my favorite on-the-go snack. They are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats with a creamy vegan lemon filling.
Since the coffee cake is a standard at my house, these lemony bites are my absolute favorite, especially in the summer, because they are so fresh.
My lemon energy bars combine dates, favorite seeds, desiccated coconut, and other healthy ingredients for a nutritious snack.
Why do I love these healthy no-bake lemon energy bars?
I usually prepare them on the weekend and enjoy them throughout the week, whether with my morning coffee or to curb my sugar cravings in the afternoon and give my body an energy boost.
I love these no-bake lemon energy bars because they are:
Easy to prepare: Putting all the ingredients together takes about 10 minutes.
So fresh and full of lemon flavor.
Gluten-free because all the ingredients in the lemon energy bars are gluten-free.
No refined sugar: I only used natural sweeteners in appropriate amounts.
Grab-and-go: If you make these no-bake lemon energy bars ahead of time, you can eat them whenever you feel like it.
A healthy way to quell sugar cravings: Packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and no refined sugar.
These no-bake lemon energy bars are great for your lunchbox to replenish your energy levels healthily.
Try this recipe, and it will be your favorite all summer long.
What do you need to make these Healthy no-bake lemon energy bars?
These no-bake lemon energy bars are nutrient-dense and only require a few healthy ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.
Let us take a look at the ingredients:
Dates – I used regular pitted dates since Medjool dates are too expensive.
Dates are a natural sweetener and offer a great way to sweeten the dish without refined sugar. Since they are rich in fiber, they slow down digestion and help keep blood sugar levels from spiking. That gives you a healthy dessert that provides your body with sustained energy. Dates also serve as a binder for these lemon energy bars that do not require baking. They can help relieve digestive problems like constipation. The minerals found in dates can strengthen bones and teeth. The iron content is suitable for people who suffer from anemia.
Maple syrup is a good option for those who like sweet foods. I used only four tablespoons of maple syrup for the whole batch. It also serves as a binding agent. Maple syrup is rich in potassium, magnesium, zinc, and calcium.
Oats: They are cheap and a great source of magnesium. The particular fiber in oats can lower cholesterol.
Shelled Hemp Seeds are an excellent choice for an energy boost. They contain lots of protein and are a perfect pre-or post-workout supplement.
Desiccated coconut – this is coconut meat that has been shredded and dried. I use desiccated coconut to improve texture and enhance flavor, adding a subtle sweetness to these lemon energy bars. It’s also high in fiber and healthy fats.
Organic cacao butter – is the edible fat extracted from cacao beans. It has a pale yellow color and a pleasant cacao flavor. When refrigerated, cacao butter solidifies. It is also an excellent natural binder for desserts that do not require baking. Cacao butter improves the mouthfeel and texture of desserts. It is rich in magnesium, vitamin E, and powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body – the cause of all diseases.
Turmeric powder: It contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
Raw cashews: are rich in healthy fats and minerals, especially magnesium, potassium, zinc, and selenium. The latter strengthens the immune system and thyroid function.
Organic lemons: High in vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, and other micronutrients, lemons are always on hand to help you stay healthy. We already know that lemons ward off colds and flu. But fewer people know that lemons contribute to hormone balance. The clue is that a healthy liver is essential for hormone balance. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acidic foods nourish the liver. Lemons detoxify the liver thanks to D-limonene, which is found in the peel of citrus fruit and helps eliminate excess estrogen.
Note: Use only organic lemons, as citrus fruits contain various pesticide residues concentrated on the outer peel.
How to make these Healthy no-bake lemon energy bars:
The good news is that you can skip the oven because all you need to prepare these lemon energy bars is a food processor and a high-powered blender.
All we need to do is blend all the ingredients for the base in the food processor and then prepare the tangy lemon frosting, and we are done.
For the base:
75 g rolled oats
60 g shelled hemp seeds (or you can replace them with almonds).
60 g desiccated coconutSeven7 pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp lemon juice.
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
½ tsp turmeric powder (optional).
A pinch of salt
For the vegan lemon filling
150 g of raw cashews
30 g cacao butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 to 4 tbsp. maple syrup, or according to taste
30 ml – 40 ml lemon juice, according to taste
90 ml almond milk (or whole milk for the non-vegans)
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
- Taste for lemon flavor, as you may only get the lemon flavor from 30 ml of lemon juice.
To prepare the base for the Healthy no-bake lemon energy bars:
Place all ingredients, except the lemon zest, for the base in the bowl of a food processor.
Blend until a sticky dough forms.
Scrape down the sides from time to time.
Add the lemon zest and pulse.
Line a rectangular baking sheet (24 x 17 cm) with parchment paper.
Place the dough on the baking sheet.
Press the dough down with the back of a spoon or your fingers until you have an evenly distributed bottom.
Spread the lemon filling evenly
Garnish with lemon zest.
To prepare the vegan lemon filling.
Step 1 Soak the cashews in warm water for about 3 hours:
Place the cashews in a medium bowl and cover with warm water.
Set them aside at room temperature.
Drain the soaked cashews and place them in the pitcher of a high-speed blender.
Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients to the blender jug, except the lemon zest and cacao butter.
Step 3: Blend on high speed until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
Add the melted cacao butter and blend until you get a creamy consistency.
Stop the blender from time to time and scrape down the sides of the container.
Repeat the process until the mixture is smooth.
Add the lemon zest and pulse until everything is well combined.
Take the lemon energy bars out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving to feel the creaminess of the lemon frosting.
These healthy no-bake lemon energy bars will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for an entire week.
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Until next time, stay healthy and make the most of your days.
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