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 new course launching at the end of the month, Uncomplicated Eating™ , 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!).

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 50+ recipes in the cookbook that goes along with Uncomplicated Eating. 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).

What is Uncomplicated Eating all about?

Uncomplicated Eating™ is a self-paced, 8-week online course designed to encourage and empower you to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and your body, simplify nutrition and discover your beautiful balance.

You'll learn:

  • how to create positive wellness goals

  • what it means to ditch the diet mentality

  • how to release the rules (without feeling out of control)

  • how to make peace with food and enjoy all types of foods guilt-free

  • how to tune in to your body and ditch the tracking and measuring

  • how to overcome emotional overeating

  • how to simplify nutrition to eat well and feel well, without rules

  • how to create positive routines and rituals that support wellness

  • how to infuse more JOY into your everyday meals

With 8 modules, 40+ video lessons, and actionable workbooks to go along with each module, this is your path to food freedom and finding your beautiful balance with food and your body. Uncomplicated Eating is self-paced and mobile friendly, so you can take it wherever your busy life takes you.

"Uncomplicated Eating is for anyone who has ever struggled with their body image and their relationship with food. It’s all interconnected as you will come to realIze as you work your way through the course. You will discover things about yourself that you didn’t even know existed. Kristin is down to earth and real about the struggles diet culture has inflicted on us. It truly is life changing to learn how to trust your body and not worry about a “one size fits all” approach ever again."

-Chelsey R.

Pre-order now and get the first two modules right away, before the full course launches, plus bonuses:

1. Digital Healthy Mama Meal Planner

2. Power Pantry E-guide

3. PLUS: Pantry + Fridge tour, My meal planning method MP3 (plus the Uncomplicated Meals cookbook)

It all launches at the end of the month: Pre-order Uncomplicated Eating

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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