Nutella Energy Bars

I recently traveled by myself for the first time. And it wasn’t just a visit to family or friends. It was my first experience with business travel. I know. It makes me sound like a full fledged adult.When did that happen? Anyway, my company sent me to New Jersey for a sales training seminar, and though it was an awesome trip…actually getting there was an entirely different story. After all my perfect planning, packing, and advice from my business travel pro of a father, I found myself with a cancelled flight…2 hours before I was to leave for the airport. The airline rescheduled me for a flight at 7:00am the next morning…which would make me 4 hours late for the seminar, but it was better than nothing. So my wonderful better half drove me to the airport at 5am, I got to my gate on time, found some nice flight attendant to stow my luggage in the overhead compartment (because if you think I can reach that high you clearly underestimated just how short I am)…and then after 15 minutes in the air, my flight head to turn around because we had a “mechanical issue.” That was comforting. So after 2 cancelled flights in 24 hours and 2 billion cups of coffee I was in dire need of some sustenance..and a nap. And though the sugary Pop-Tarts were calling my name from the airport stores..I chose a healthier option. I found a delicious nutrition bar chock full of dried fruit and nuts and loved it so much that I vowed to recreate it if I ever made it home again (dramatic much?) In case you were wondering..I was put on a third flight that morning which finally got me to New Jersey. And while I was there I got to attend a pretty cool week of seminars put on by other Sales & Catering Managers from my company…meaning I ate pretty darn well all week. And I even got to visit NYC for the first time. I saw my first broadway show and ran around Times Sqaure completely dazzled by all the shiny lights. So it was definitely worth the airline issues..plus I got inspiration for these delicious energy bars. Moisture from the dried fruit holds the bars together and the Nutella gives them a decadently chocolate flavor. You can experiment with other dried fruits and nut butters for a flavor all your own. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 10 bars

  • 1 cup Hazelnuts
  • 1 cup assorted dried fruit (I used a package of dried blueberries, cherries & cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture forms a thick paste
  2. Remove mixture from food processor and press into a 8 x 8 baking dish lined with greased tin foil
  3. Flatten mixture evenly and place in freezer overnight
  4. Once mixture has firmed completely, use a pizza cutter to cut 10 even bars

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