4-ingredient Cookie Dough Energy bars



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A few days ago, I asked over on Instagram which recipe from my new e-cookbook that comes with my course, Healthy Mama Meal Prep, you’d all like to see. It was a close call between curried chicken salad and this recipe: 4-ingredient cookie dough energy bars.

The curried chicken salad is pretty darn delicious (I’ve been enjoying it all week!), but I have to say- I’m pretty into these energy bars, too! With only a few simple pantry ingredients and zero bake time, they’re an easy snack to throw together (and delicious, to boot!). So let’s make them!

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4-ingredient Cookie Dough Energy bars

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 bars


2 cups raw, unsalted cashews

2 cups pitted medjool dates

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

optional: 2 scoops collagen powder (or plain protein powder) for extra protein



  1. Add cashews. dates and vanilla extract (and protein if using) to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until mixture begins to pull away from sides. Pulse in chocolate chips if using.
  2. Line or grease an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper, or coconut or avocado oil. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of pan.
  3. Freeze for 10-15 minutes until firm. Remove from pan, slice into 8-10 rectangles, and store in fridge.

If you love this recipe, you’ll love the rest of the 100+ recipes in the cookbook that goes along with my Healthy Mama Meal Prep course. Some old favorites, and many new- the cookbook is designed to go hand in hand with my Uncomplicated Eating philosophy: stress less about food so you can enjoy life more. There are no rules- but there are plenty of #glutenfree, #grainfree, #dairyfree options and they’re all kid-tested and approved (except for the couple that have a little bit of extra spice- that’s up to your kiddo!). End the mealtime struggle with meal prep that fits YOUR busy mama life!

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