Lemon Ginger Energy Bars

Fruit-flavored and fruity items don’t do much for me.  Even at my most ragingly premenstrual, when I want to eat everything in sight, if you put a Starburst or some Skittles or a fruit tart in front of me I’d be all, “I know I just tried to lick your hand because it looked like there was a drop of melted chocolate on it, but suddenly I’m just not hungry anymore.”

I have found that knowing what truly satisfies me goes a long way towards controlling my overeating, and if you asked me last week I’d have told you that my sweetness cravings only have eyes for chocolate or peanut butter or MAYBE cinnamon-sugar if I’m feeling saucy.   THEN I tried some Emmy’s Lemon Ginger Macaroons, and now lemon-ginger-coconut is on my list of deeply satisfying flavor combinations.  It tastes like summer!

That lemon-ginger-coconut-loving thought was kicking around in my noggin when it joined up with another little thought about Shutterbean’s homemade Larabars.  Then those two joined up with a third thought that I have never posted a breakfasty or snacky item in my recipe collection.    And today’s recipe was born!

These bars are DELICIOUS!  I ate one or two of them every single day this week.  There’s nothing like a homemade gluten-free, vegan treat item made with totally normal items you can find in your grocery store, even if your grocery store is not a Whole Foods or a health food store.  Making them is a snap, they were done and chilling in the fridge all during the course of one commercial break of Bethenny Ever After.

Possibly a good homemade gift for me to keep in my back pocket to restore my reputation from being a creepy hand-licker, if that whole scenario ever comes true.

Lemon Ginger Energy Bars


1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1.5 cup pitted dates
1 T. lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1.5 t. freshly grated ginger

Yield:  10-12 bars

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time:  0 minutes


  • Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until very well mixed.
  • Press into baking pan.
  • Chill in refrigerator for 2-3 hours, and then cut into bars.
18 Responses to Lemon Ginger Energy Bars
  1. JaguarMoonsmom
    May 10, 2013 | 6:46 am

    I can’t wait to try these! will post how they came out. quick question though…how long do they keep, and can they be kept out of the fridge after the initial 2-3 hours to set?

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  4. Kassinda Campbell
    May 3, 2012 | 9:14 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Marla. I’m going to make some this weekend.

    • Marla
      May 5, 2012 | 8:24 am

      Thanks girl! Enjoy ’em! <3

  5. Annie
    April 27, 2012 | 6:12 pm

    These sound delicious! I really want to make these for Orie because he can eat almost all of the ingredients. Do you have any good substitution ideas for dates? Or do think it would still work without them?

    • Marla
      April 29, 2012 | 2:00 pm

      Thanks babes! Here’s my question for you… is it all dried fruits that Orie can’t have, or just dates in particular? The dates are pretty important in terms of keeping the whole shebang stuck together, but I think any other dried fruit could work too. Email me or fb message me and hopefully we can get it figured out!!! xoxoxo

      • Annie
        April 30, 2012 | 5:59 pm

        Hey Marla!

        Thanks for the help. He can’t really have any fruit except for strawberries & blueberries. If the date’s hold it together I wonder if an egg would work? He can have eggs… No prob if we can’t solve this mystery! I’ll make something up. :)

        • Marla
          May 2, 2012 | 9:03 pm

          I DEFINITELY think that dried blueberries (like the raisin equivalent of blueberries) would work great… Trader Joe’s stocks them I think! Dried strawberries could work too I just don’t know if those actually exist or not! In terms of an egg, I do think it would make it stick but it would be lacking the sweetness that the dates provide and then I’m not sure how long it would be baked. Tell me more about what you’re thinking anytime and I will help you come up with something! We’ve gotta get Orie some treats! <3

  6. Janine @ Alternative Housewife
    April 25, 2012 | 3:51 am

    Saving this recipe! I’m obsessed with lemon lately, and I ALWAYS love ginger. (Candied ginger is my favorite sweet ever – I can’t keep a bag in the house for more than one day, literally.)

    • Marla
      April 29, 2012 | 1:59 pm

      Hey Janine, thanks and I hope you love it! I’m a big ginger fan too – I like how I can kind of feel it tingle up my nose when I eat it.

  7. tokyotutti
    April 21, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Marla! I just bought the Emmy’s Choco Orange Macaroons yesterday and almost texted you about them. You’ll have to try that flavor next, and I’ll be making this recipe soon. They look delicious, I love lemon flavored sweets. Thanks! xx

    • tokyotutti
      April 21, 2012 | 3:01 pm

      can I use a blender if I don’t have a food processor??

      • tokyotutti
        April 21, 2012 | 3:15 pm

        One more thing – good you aren’t drawn to those fruity candies. If you eat a Starburst and a Skittle at the same time when you have PMS you will turn into Nicki Minaj. (At least that’s what I think happened to her.)

        • Marla
          April 23, 2012 | 9:30 am

          HAHA totally!!!!

      • Marla
        April 23, 2012 | 9:30 am

        Hey love – I am pretty sure that would work, though I’ve never tried it myself. As long as it’s a pretty good blender that can really grind up the ingredients, I don’t see why it wouldn’t. You’ll have to let me know and I will have to try the Choco-Orange flavor too, if I can ever tear myself away from these Lemon Ginger guys.

  8. Elinor Predota
    April 21, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    OM NOM NOM!!!

    • Marla
      April 23, 2012 | 9:28 am

      Thanks honey – these are SO GOOD!

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