Cranberry Apple Energy Bars are a healthy, high-protein snack that highlights the delicious flavors of fall. Raw vegan protein bars are my favorite type of treat because they taste like dessert even though they’re completely healthy.
These can be made in minutes, but they’re a challenge to make without a food processor. When my old food processor broke last spring, I panicked a bit because I wasn’t sure how I would get by without one. I use it all the time in the summer because it’s a huge help with my farm share vegetables. I make loads of pesto to freeze for the winter and I chop tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables for winter storage. But most of all, I love my homemade energy bars.
Cuisinart Food Processor
After researching the options and consulting my Facebook community, I ended up purchasing the Cuisinart Prep 9™ 9-Cup Food Processor. I love this machine, and I’ve used it to make so many different things over the past 6 months. The generously sized, BPA-free work bowl is big enough to fit a lot of ingredients, but it’s not a huge appliance that takes up too much counter space. The wide-mouth feed tube took a bit of getting used to, but after I got the hang of it I was able to fit both narrow and wide items into the tube for slicing or grating. I love that all the removable parts are dishwasher-safe, and the motor has a 10-year warranty. They don’t make things like they used to, so it’s nice that Cuisinart stands behind their product with such a long warranty.
I’m so excited that Cuisinart would like to give away a brand new version of this food processor to one lucky reader of Real Food Real Deals. It’s just in time to make your holiday food preparations much easier. You can enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. The giveaway will begin on Monday, November 4 and it will end at 11:59 on Monday, November 11 (U.S. residents only). Good luck!
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 cup dried apples
- 1 cup Medjool dates
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 to 2 tsp water if needed
- In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and chop them until they bind together. Don’t chop them so much that you can’t see little bits of each ingredient. If the mixture is too crumbly, add water one teaspoon at a time until it comes together easily.
- Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan and press down into the pan. I use the back of a metal spatula to press it down evenly.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour and then cut it into 18 squares. Alternately, cut this into a fewer number of larger bars.
- Store these energy bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Cranberry Apple Energy Bars Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $6.53, or $.36 per square. I love having this type of snack on hand so I don’t reach for something unhealthy when hunger strikes. Cranberry Apple Energy Bars are a healthy, energy-boosting snack that kids and adults will love.
Check out some of my other homemade energy bars for more inspiration:
Pumpkin Pie Larabars
Three Homemade Larabars (Chocolate, Banana, and Mango)
Apple Pie Larabars
Blueberry Lemon Larabars
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Almond Joy Truffles
Coconut Apricot Energy Bites
Update: This giveaway has ended.