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19 June, 2014

No-bake energy bites with Nutella (grain free)

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After I made Nutella, even if I was eating it out of the jar non-stop, I realized that the kids did not share my enthusiasm in consuming it. I had to make something with it, then!

There are many versions of Nutella truffles and pies out there. After much thought, I settled on trying something very simple, a no-bake bar for a quick snack. This is disappearing fast in my house and I will make another batch to take to Fiesta Friday #21, hosted by Angie @ The Novice Gardener.

Sharing this also at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck 8, hosted by Annie of An Unrefined Vegan.

I have used a combination of dried fig for sweet and cranberries for tart flavor. Sunflower seeds for crunch. Any dried fruit can be used, with other nuts as well, to make this versatile snack.


Energy bites with Nutella

  • Servings: 16
  • Time: 10 minutes + chill time
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade Nutella– 1/2 cup

dried figs- 5

dried cranberries- 1/2 cup

roasted sunflower seeds- 1/2 cup

cacao nibs/dark chocolate bits- 2 tbsp.

cocoa powder + powdered sugar- 2 tbsp. (for dusting)


* Add roughly chopped bits of fig, cranberries in a food processor/blender, pulse.

* Add Nutella, sunflower seeds, chocolate bits and pulse again till combined.

* Transfer the chewy mixture to a loaf pan lined with parchment/wax paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

* Cut squares and coat with cocoa powder/powdered sugar mixture (optional).

* Store in the fridge.


50 thoughts on : No-bake energy bites with Nutella (grain free)

  • June 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Wonderful Apsara! Just wonderful!

    • June 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      thank you, Lori! Can’t wait to see what you have got. I bet it’s a dessert, right? 😉

      • June 19, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        You know me well Apsara! 😉

  • June 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I wanna grab one Apsara 🙂 The cranberries in the bar looks fantastic…

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

      thanks, Malar. 🙂

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

      yes, they do. I’m happy!

  • June 20, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Apsara, I think you will have to spend the whole day making many more batches of these wonderful bars, I’m sure they will be a big hit at the party!! They’re definitely my kind of food as you know 🙂 enjoy Fiesta Friday xx

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

      thanks, Elaine. Yes, they are just like your goodness bars!

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

      thank you. 🙂

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

      thank you, Linda. 🙂

  • June 20, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Amazing tasty looking bars, my friend! Another must try, for sure! They look freaking delicious too! x

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

      yes, Sophie. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

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    • June 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      thank you, Anjana. Glad you like them. 🙂

  • June 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Oh my! I am always looking for new energy bars! I love that these are no back and that they have Nutella, I am FOR SURE trying these. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    • June 20, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      thank you, Kloe. Happy FF to you too!

  • June 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Apsara, these looks amazing! And they have homemade Nutella! You are superwoman, lady 😀

    • June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      No, Naina. Just a stay-at-home mom trying to keep her sanity. 🙂

  • June 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Apsara, I think you nailed these energy bites. I can almost taste those tart cranberries and that homemade nutella. Fabulous!

    • June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      thank you, Ngan.

  • June 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    cranberries, figs, nutella what a combo….just awesome….happy fiesta friday…

    • June 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      happy Fiesta Friday to you too. Have a great weekend!

  • June 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Oh definitely a weakness of mine… nutella and chocolate. What a sweet temptation! Beautiful!

    • June 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      thank you, Loretta. 🙂

  • June 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    These look so good! I wish I had a piece right now! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  • June 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Apsara, I would have been eating that delicious homemade nutella out of the jar too! I’m impressed that you had the strength to take it and make something with it…and boy you made something so delicious!! I love the idea of mixing it with dried fruit and seeds, and making them into what I can imagine to be ooey and gooey crazy delicious bars! I’m totally trying this….Awesome post! <3

    • June 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

      thank you, Prudy. 🙂

  • Liz
    June 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    This sounds delicious and easy to make. I love the no-bake idea!

    • June 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      thanks, Liz. I like it too!

  • June 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    How could I go past this? it looks great and so healthy. Thank you for sharing the recipe (and the food to go with it!).

    • June 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      you’re welcome! I’m loving the nachos that you’ve brought…

    • June 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

      thank you. I visited your blog and find it very inspiring! The cookbooks look great too.

  • June 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Love no bake bars. Delish and healthy.
    Apsara, please add “notify me about the new posts via email” button on your post in comment box. I am loosing on your posts. This way, I can get your posts in my inbox.

    • June 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

      thanks, Sonal. I have the widget ‘follow via email’ in the left top corner. I understand, even I lose out on posts even if I check my reader many times a day!

  • June 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Love no bake energy bars and have been wanting to make them for sometime now! Gotta try these!

    • June 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      please do, they are super easy too!

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