Recipe: 4-ingredient Cookie Dough Energy bars

A few days ago, I asked over on Instagram which recipe from my new e-cookbook that comes with my course, Healthy Mama Meal Prep, you'd all like to see. It was a close call between curried chicken salad and this recipe: 4-ingredient cookie dough energy bars.

The curried chicken salad is pretty darn delicious (I've been enjoying it all week!), but I have to say- I'm pretty into these energy bars, too! With only a few simple pantry ingredients and zero bake time, they're an easy snack to throw together (and delicious, to boot!). So let's make them!

4-ingredient cookie dough energy bars

Makes 8-10 bars

2 cups raw, unsalted cashews

2 cups pitted medjool dates

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

optional: 2 scoops collagen powder (or plain protein powder) for extra protein

1. Add cashews. dates and vanilla extract (and protein if using) to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until mixture begins to pull away from sides. Pulse in chocolate chips if using.

2. Line or grease an 8x8" pan with parchment paper, or coconut or avocado oil. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of pan.

3. Freeze for 10-15 minutes until firm. Remove from pan, slice into 8-10 rectangles, and store in fridge.

If you love this recipe, you'll love the rest of the 100+ recipes in the cookbook that goes along with my Healthy Mama Meal Prep course. Some old favorites, and many new- the cookbook is designed to go hand in hand with my Uncomplicated Eating philosophy: stress less about food so you can enjoy life more. There are no rules- but there are plenty of #glutenfree, #grainfree, #dairyfree options and they're all kid-tested and approved (except for the couple that have a little bit of extra spice- that's up to your kiddo!). End the mealtime struggle with meal prep that fits YOUR busy mama life!

Kristin Dovbniak


I'm Kris! Founder of Healthy Balanced Mama, I'm a holistic health coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, trained chef, and mama of two, and I'm here to guide busy moms like you in stressing less and finding freedom with food through balanced eating and simplified routines around meal planning, meal prep, grocery shopping and cooking with confidence.


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