DIY | Make Your Own Energy Bars!


Fig and Walnut Energy Bars

When I was in high school, I had a quote book. Literally, it was a book full of my favorite quotes. Rather than record all of my thoughts and angst-ridden emotions in a diary or journal, I instead opted to let other people’s brilliant thoughts and angst-ridden emotions fill the pages of my beloved quote book. Everyone from Lewis Carroll to Carole King to Martin Luther King was in there. When I needed a perfectly penned pick-me-up, I’d simply thumb through my book until I found the right words.

I would love to be a quotable person; someone with the gifted ability to choose the right words to accompany any situation. But alas, such is not the case. I’m one of those people who uses fifty words when five would suffice. So, while I may not be one to conjure up perfect quote book-worthy musings, I have found my own roundabout way to be “quoted.” Silly as it may sound, when people use my recipes to feed a particular craving, it actually feels a little like being quoted. For example, if you’re having a bad day or want to say “I love you” to your special someone, I’ve got the perfect chocolate cake for that. I’m no Robert Frost, but I’m telling you, my frosting could give his words a run for their money.

When you’re searching for ways to boost your energy throughout the day, I’d suggest you reach not for those ubiquitous inspirational posters or e-cards, but instead, for this easy homemade energy bar recipe. These are not only simple to make, they’re delicious and something you can feel good about reaching for when your mid-day cravings strike.

They say a single picture is worth a thousand words, but I’d like to posit that maybe a single bite can be. I love a good quote, poem, or motivational song lyric with the best of them, but when the words just aren’t doing the trick, sometimes all you have to do is reach for a recipe.



What you’ll need

1 cup dried figs

1 cup shelled, raw walnuts

1 cup dried dates





Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until everything is totally broken up and combined into a homogeneous mixture. This takes about 2 – 3 minutes of processing, with a few stops to scrape down the sides. Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet or thin cutting board and shape it into an 8-inch by 8-inch square (give or take, you don’t have to be exact here).

Cover the bar mixture with plastic wrap and pop it the refrigerator for about at least two hours, to firm up (overnight is best). Once chilled, slice the mixture into bars or squares in the size of your choosing. I like to individually wrap the bars so they’re easy to grab on the go. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!




Lauren McDuffie for

I'm a food and travel loving freelance writer, blogger, and author who is enjoying a humorously nomadic existence with my family (currently, I live outside Washington DC). My blog, Harvest and Honey, is like a culinarily inspired love letter and savings account for all of my favorite foodie things.