A neat little article came across our desk from the Calgary News (cbcnews) during our check of updates “in the industry”. Great little article of six back-to-school recipes!

As the new school year approaches, and you start packing goodies for your little ones, why not use that quality (and even cheap food processor) to make some tasty and nutritious homemade granola bars?

Did we mention..grain free for those looking to reduce wheat from their diets?

Here’s the recipe which had alerted our reader (because of the use of a food processor) (and it definitely sounds yummy! read on!)

Easy (Grain-free!) Date-Nut Energy Bars

Main ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 15 dates)
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted whole almonds and pecan halves (any ratio of mix you like) with pinch of salt

Optional ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut and a bit of grated lime zest and the juice of half a lime
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or blueberries and a drop of vanilla


  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dates, nuts and salt until well blended and coarsely ground – you should be able to squeeze it together in a clump.
  • Pulse or stir in any of the optional add-ins.
  • Press into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking pan
  • Let sit at room temperature or refrigerate until easier to cut into bars. ** (Alternatively, roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls.)
  • Leave in the pan or wrap individually to store.
  • Makes about 12 bars.

Check out the full details and five other recpies at CBCNEWS (and not all of them, incidentally, requiring a food processor!!)