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I have a hunger. Yes, a hunger for adventure, a hunger for knowledge, and a hunger for justice. But really I’m mostly just hungry for food, like at 10:00 every morning. Now that I am stuck behind a desk at this time most days and not free to roam into the kitchen at my leisure this is posing a bit of a problem for me. Enter the fruit and nut energy bar. I almost didn’t post this recipe because, frankly, these aren’t the most beautiful things, but what they lack in good looks they make up for in taste. Perfect mid-morning snack!

Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

(adapted from here)

1 cup quinoa flakes (or kamut flakes, or oats would probably work too)

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup agave nectar

1/4 cup nut butter

10 pitted dates, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp. ground flax seed

1 Tbsp. canola oil

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 cup dried blueberries (or other dried fruit)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

In a food processor combine quinoa flakes, pecans, cashews, agave nectar, nut butter, dates, flax, oil and zest. Pulse mixture until coarsely chopped. Add the dried fruit and coconut and pulse until just combined.

Form dough into desired shape (bars, squares, rounds) and place on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes in a 325 degree oven or until edges just begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet. Store your bars in an airtight container for up to a week.