Chica Cherry Pistachio Energy Bars

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 1, 2011

Happy April Fools Day :)

I will not get tricked today, I will not get tricked today…

While I was running yesterday morning I realized that I have a little over a week until my first 10k race!

This is so exciting!

Yesterday I was able to complete the longest interval since my injury. I ran a total of 48 minutes or, 7.3km [4.5 miles].

That’s a 6:40min/km pace with 6 minutes of walking!

Not bad, not bad.

I didn’t have any knee pain and could have kept running… things are looking up!

I’ve been planning this recipe for awhile, I just haven’t gotten around to making it until now.

You’d think what with so many weeks to stock up on shelled pistachios, I would have.

But, come D-day when I went into the pantry to grab the pistachios for this recipe all I had were the unsalted ones IN the shell.

Fail.

My original recipe called for 1.5 cups of pistachios… the final calls for 1 cup.

My fingers nearly fell off at 3/4 cup.

The only thing that made my pain go away was humming the theme song to this recipe.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjBQKX3wQ00

Best.song.ever.

Chica Cherry Pistachio Energy Bars

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Yeast free

These bars are loaded with protein, sticky cherries, and free of refined sugars. They have the consistency of a very dense cake and are best enjoyed with a tall glass of almond milk and a good book.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup toasted salt free pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cherries
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup hemp protein powder – I’m sure others could be used, I like hemp protein because you can’t taste it when it’s baked!
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt

Binding goodness

  • 3/4 cup prunes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 apple – any kind will do the trick
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper across both sides for easy lifting. Set aside.
  2. Blend binding goodness ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, protein powder, flax seed, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the cranberries, pistachios, and cherries. Make sure the nuts and dried fruit are completely coated with the flour mixture.
  4. Add the binding goodness mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix well. Spread into the 8×8 prepared pan, pressing with your fingers to even it out. If you don’t have a pastry roller, use a small medicine bottle to roll the bars as flat as possible.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 325F or until golden. [Mine took 34 minutes]
  6. Remove from the pan and allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing with a sharp knife.

Makes 8 large bars, or 16 snack sized squares.

I stopped writing for at least 15 minutes to listen to Savage Garden.

Ah, the memories.

Speaking of which, thanks for all of your amazing comments on yesterday’s post.

It was a super fun post to put together. I think I can say with confidence that I’m looking forward to turning 25!

What age did you have a hard time accepting?

If your last recipe had a theme song, what would it be?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

We’re having date night tonight and I plan on making another batch of these on Saturday…

ooo I can’t wait to share this one with you guys!

Any guesses on what it is?

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Tara @The Game of life

Those look great!! I love the ribbons too :) I am taking two tests today, so when I am done I am going to dinner with my boyfriend, getting dessert, and catching up on shows that I missed earlier in the week! Can’t wait to relax!!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That sounds splendid. Good luck with your tests and I hope you have a fabulous [relaxing] evening!

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Jess@HealthyExposures

I love the little ribbons, too :] They look awesome! Pistachios are a nut I don’t give enough attention, I think. And now you’ve got me thinking about giving recipes “theme songs.” I’ve always got something stuck in my head, I don’t know why I don’t connect it to whatever I’m making at the time, though!
Have a good night!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you, I have so many scrap ribbons from when I used to scrapbook. I’m happy I never threw them out!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

Ahhh unpeeling that many pistachios would be the bane of my existence!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

zomg it was in every way possible. I wanted to eat all of them + my fingers hurt. The more I ate, the more I had to keep shelling. Pure torture.

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Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude

I need to make snack bars! I have no good snackish things around my apt! YOU RUN 6:40 MINUTE MILES?! Omg you’re fast! I run between 8:40-9:40!! I have a hard time sticking to one pace. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I WISH I was that fast! The measurement was in km, which would workout to be about 9:50/mile, so a bit slower than you! Have you tried pace music? I love that stuff! It’s really helped me.

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Faith @ lovelyascharged

Haha a while ago I tried to make pistachio butter and found myself shelling loads of ‘em…boy were my fingers sore! I’ll go ahead and guess…mini peach cobblers?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Okay… you’re not allowed to play this game anymore. haha shhh don’t tell!

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

Wow those look amazing! They look like little presents with the ribbons :D

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Parsley Sage

Oooh, I want…these energy bars! Om nom nom. I’ve only got one recipe that comes with a theme song and that’s my mandu: Hall & Oates, You Make My Dreams Come True. Ooo oooh.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha yes! I knew there’d be at least one person with a recipe that had a theme song! Nicely done.

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Dana Marie

those sound very tasty- too many ingredients for me to buy and make though. I don’t have a kitchen/oven/stove. I vote for a giveaway! :)

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torviewtoronto

haven’t had this but looks deliciously healthy

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Callie {rawxy}

Love, love, love the presentation! Beautiful :)

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michelle

Your pictures are so beautiful….you should send a recipe into Cooking light with these photos seriously.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Michelle :)

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Clarkie @ Beloved Green

Packaged and perfect!

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Reka

What a cute idea! Love it!!!!!!!! :)

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Happy When Not Hungry

These bars look delicious! I love your pretty ribbon as well. Such cute treats!

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

These bars are super cute. I can’t wait to give them a try!

And good luck on your 10K – I’m sure you’ll kick butt!!

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Ariffa

… I haven’t heard that song since I was a wee little thing !!!!
those are on my to-make list =)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Me either! I vividly remember dancing in the summer in my backyard to the Savage Garden album!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

beautiful recipe, beautiful pics

LOVE the pink ribbons. so springlike and girlie. love.it.

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Chad

My wife and I have been looking for a good energy bar recipe – well at least I have – it’s like you’ve read my mind.

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Maria @ Scandifoodie

Leanne, this sounds really delicious! I’m frustrated that hemp seeds or powder is not widely available here in Australia, but I’m sure I can find something else to replace it with. Great recipe!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh my goodness, really? I’m sure you could use a combination of ground flax and your favorite protein powder!

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Cole

So I just came across this site and I am in LOVE. I am going to make everything here, and these bars look amazing! Keep cooking you’re great!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Cole!

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Cynthia

I bought a bag a shelled pistachios without really thinking about what I was going to do with them. I may give this a try. I have dates at home, not prunes, so I am hoping they work just as well. I know this is an old post, but a birthday I had a hard time with was 28. Because it had been a decade since I graduated high school….

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Life moves so quickly, doesn’t it? I’m creeping up to the 2-8 and I feel the very same way! Enjoy the bars, Cynthia :)

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