Easy three-ingredient energy bars

Everyone needs breakfast, but—with some people waking up with the sun, and others sleeping in until noon—how? The never-ending breakfast can be a pain, but don’t worry, we’ve got tasty solutions for every dilemma.

Birders and parents with chipper toddlers can help themselves to these easy-to-whip up energy bars to stash in a bag for the trail, or to ham and cheese scones or fruity lemon loaf as they sneak quietly out of the door. Meanwhile, sleepy teens and late-night scrabble players can heat up savoury bread puddings at whatever time they roll out of bed. And everyone can feast on a fabulous make-ahead brunch of vegetarian enchiladas (that you don’t have to wake up early to prep!).

Happy trails!

Three ingredient energy bars

Easy three-ingredient energy bars

Claire Tansey
These grab-and-go energy bars make an easy trail snack or for mornings to solve the problem of breakfast when you’ve got people at the cottage with very different schedules. No matter what, having these quick and easy energy bars at the ready will help keep the hungry hoards happy. Three ingredients, three steps, and you’re done.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cooling time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Snack
Servings 1 8-inch-square pan


  • food processor


  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Purée until almost smooth. When it rolls up into a ball in the processor it is done.
  • Transfer to an 8-inch-square baking pan lined with plastic wrap, top with another layer of wrap, and press into an even layer.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, then cut into as many bars as you like.
Keyword almonds, cranberries, dates, energy bar, trail snack
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