Friday, May 8, 2015

Meyer Lemon Snack Bars.

I'm on a lemon kick! A few weeks ago I posted Lemon Cream Pie Overnight Oats, and this morning I have a new citrus recipe for you - Meyer Lemon Snack Bars.


K and I have both been super busy at work lately, and I find it helps so much to have plenty of healthy, easy foods on hand. For me, that includes options with no added sugar for an afternoon snack. I have posted several recipes for energy bites on this blog over the past year {PB&J Energy Bites; Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Energy Bites; and Healthy Pumpkin Spice Bites}. However, this is my first recipe for energy bars!


Meyer lemons have a fantastic little secret, if you haven't tried them before - they are naturally sweeter than regular lemons. The reason Meyer lemons are sweeter is because they were mixed with oranges at one point in time. As I read on the kitchn, Meyers get their signature sweetness from a bit of mandarin orange in their family tree. Meyer lemons are ripe when they are deep yellow in color. I purchased a bag of these beauties at Marianos. You can also find Meyer lemons on Amazon {<--affiliate link}.


This recipe combines almonds, dates, and dried pears with Meyer lemon juice. If you don't have dried pears available, golden raisins would work well as a substitute. I like making bars a bit smaller than what you can buy in the store. That way you can have two! I used an 8x8 Calphalon pan {<--affiliate link} to make these bars, and cut them in squares that are approximately 2x2 inches in size.

Meyer Lemon Snack Bars
Makes 16 bars.

Ingredients~
1 cup raw almonds
16 Medjool dates {pitted}
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon {seeds removed}
6 dried pears {unsweetened}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to~ 
*Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process the mixture a few times. Stop the processor and use a spatula to re-combine the mix if needed.
*Keep processing until the ingredients are evenly combined {I like to use the "pulse" function}.
*Remove from the food processor and press into an 8x8 cake pan lined with parchment paper.
*Refrigerator covered for ~2 hours or overnight to harden.
*Keep refrigerated in a covered container - the bars should last cooled for one week, and longer if frozen.




2 comments:

  1. Love this kind of healthy snack, but never seen one with lemon in before, let alone meyer lemons (which I've never tried - why oh why?)
    These are great and would love to try them!

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    1. You should definitely try Meyer Lemons! They're soo good :)

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