Walnut Energy Bars


Make these walnut energy bars over the weekend, and you'll thank yourself all week for throwing together this easy, tasty snack.

Walnut Energy Bars Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

These delicious energy bars are a rich mixture of dates, tahini, walnuts, coconut, and crystalized ginger. Cinnamon and cardamom draw out the caramel notes in the dates, which offer sweetness without added sugar.


  • 2 cups dried pitted Medjool dates

  • .3333 cup tahini (sesame paste)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • .3333 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • .3333 cup chopped crystallized ginger


  1. Process dates, tahini, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom in a food processor until mixture clumps together, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Add walnuts, coconut, and ginger to date mixture; knead until combined.

  3. Press mixture into an 8-inch square dish lined with parchment paper. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut into 8 (4- x 1⅔-inch) rectangles.

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