Try the barre3 “barre” recipe!


I do a pretty good job preparing healthy meals for when my family sits down to eat breakfast and dinner together. Where I fall short is healthy fast-food ideas for when I am on the go—which is basically EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, I reached out for some help from Andrea Nakayama, my functional nutritionist guru. I asked her to develop some recipes I can easily make at home to replace packaged bars, baked goods, chips, and processed snacks that are my downfall when crunched for time. After a couple of tests with my kids and husband, we landed on our very own nutrition bar I am pleased to share with you. We even gave it a name. Meet the barre3 barre!

What it does for you:
At barre3 we like to keep a healthy balance with our bodies and with our food intake. We do this by including a combination of our favorite food trio whenever we can: fat, fiber and protein. These bars contain all three! There are healthy fats, fibers and proteins in the nuts, seeds and the coconut. So with one simple bar, you’ve got your bases balanced.

The beauty of consuming our favorite food trio (fat, fiber and protein), is that you will stay fuller longer, recover from your workouts more easily, and avoid those energy and mood dips that can make you a slave to the bakery.  Eating a bar like my barre3 bar, about 30 minutes after your workout, will also help you to burn more fat and build more muscle. It’s in this timeframe (30 minutes after your workout), that your muscles are hungry for the protein that will maximize their strength and endurance.

Why it’s better than store bought:
1. Healthier. Our bars contain none of the ingredients that we try to avoid to stay in our best health, have glowing skin and age with grace. They contain no trans fats. No high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. No artificial flavors. No preservatives. When we make our bars at home we get to choose the quality of the ingredients.
2. Less Expensive. Homemade treats and snacks are definitely cheaper than the packaged, individually wrapped store-bought variety, especially when you have a stocked pantry full of healthful ingredients.
3. More Variety. You can really adapt these to your taste buds and work with what you have on hand. Note your favorite combination or play with variations each time you whip them up. Have fun experimenting in your kitchen!

barre3 bar
These bars are so easy to make you can whip them up within minutes. They don’t need to bake and all you need is a glass dish and a food processor.Feel free to adapt the recipe to suit your needs. Sample before pressing into the dish and adapt anything to taste.

6 dates, pitted
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1⁄4 cup sunflower butter or almond butter
1⁄4 cup goji berries (raisins work too)
1⁄4 cup shredded coconut flakes
1⁄4 cup ground flax
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
A couple pinches of sea salt (unless sunflower or almond butter is salted)
1 cup almonds
Handful of cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips (I prefer cacao nibs)
1 . Place the pitted dates and coconut oil in the base of your food processor. Add the seed or nut butter. Whirl these three ingredients until blended.

2. Add the goji berries or raisins, the coconut flakes, the ground flax, the cinnamon and the sea salt and whirl in the food processor again, until the mixture is well incorporated. It’s okay if it’s a bit more chunky at this point.

3. Add the almonds and the cacao nibs or chocolate chips and pulse your food processor until you have a chunky mass that looks like cookie dough.

4. Scoop dough-like mixture into a 8×8 glass container and press the mixture down with the back of a spoon.5. Store in the fridge for at least one hour to harden. Cut into bars to grab-and-go to your barre3 class and store extras in the refrigerator.

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  1. Hi, I also need the nutrition info, as I am pre-diabetic and have to check carbs against protein and fiber.

  2. I’ve made these yummy bars a few times in my Vitamix and thought I could provide some tips: I found it much easier to blend the ingredients when I melt the coconut oil and almond butter together on low before mixing with dates in the Vitamix. I love how these bars are so adaptable to whatever I have in my cupboard!

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  5. I’m doing the Spring Challenge and use MyFitnessPal to track my daily intake of food, is there any where that I could find the nutrition info for these bars or any of the other recipes?

    • Hi Melissa, we have a different approach than counting calories when it comes to food. These bars will nourish you! Healthy fats that are also high in calories (such as coconut oil) stabilize blood sugar, increase satiation, and increase metabolism. We have also observed how counting calories can increase stress and anxiety about food. We recently tested our nutrition plan on 27 women for 8 weeks. Many had a hard time letting go of calorie counting at first, but once they did, they truly learned to listen to their body. We’re excited to report that 100% of these women experienced sustained weight loss. Even better, they gained energy, started sleeping better, and reported feeling happier and more balanced. Feel free to email with any further nutrition questions.

    • Hi Amy, we recommend using a food processor to make these bars. You are welcome to try using the Vitamix though! You’ll want to get the consistency to be malleable like cookie dough. Let us know how it goes!

  6. I don’t like the taste or smell of coconut oil. Would you have any suggestions with swapping the coconut oil & coconut flakes? I would love to make an energy after my workouts. Thanks

  7. Made these, and love them…but found an awesome way to prep/package them. I put parchment paper into the glass dish first, that way once they are pressed down and have hardened in the fridge, I can just lift up the whole sheet and cut them on the counter. They stuck to the glass dish when I did it the original way. After the bars are all cut, I wrap them individually in saran wrap for easy grab and go straight out of the fridge!

    • Can you eat seeds? I’ve made them with sunflower seeds and they turned out great. You can also try adding oats. Play with the consistency. The beauty of these bars is you can add as you go to make them just as you like!

  8. Great recipe. I make something similar but I usually shape them into balls, roll them in coconut flakes, and call them “cookies.” My daughter loves em. I also wanted to say THANK YOU for shunning calorie information. There is truly no need to count calories when you eat sensible portions of real food.

    • These are already rich in protein from the nuts/seeds and flax! You could play around with adding other bar-friendly protein sources such as chia seeds and hemp hearts as well.

  9. Hi, we love the barre3 bar, but my husband likes to track his calories and would like to know if you can supply us with nutrition info and calorie count for a 4×2 bar.


    • I don’t have the calorie information. I can tell you that this bar nourishes you! This is what I focus on. Portion is important. A 4X2 bar is a good serving size.

  10. What an inspiration! I used what I had in the cabinet to make these – subbed apricots for the dates and used a trail mix from Whole Foods for the rest of it (peanuts, almonds, dried raspberries, chocolate chips). Also added in about a tablespoon of maple syrup for a bit of sweetness. Turned out GREAT! Thank you for fantastic idea!

    • Can your child have seeds? I make these with sunflower butter and just add more of the other ingredients until it is the texture I like. You can really have fun with substituting ingredients. Let me know how it goes!

  11. These are SO SO good. Any suggestions on what a serving size should be? Right now I’m trying to convince myself it should only serve 4. 🙂

  12. Holy yumminess!! I doubled the recipe (but made in 2 separate batches so my food processor could handle) and put in a 9×13 pan. Because at our house we need lots of healthy snacks! Added ~2 Tbls of water to each batch and perfect consistency for bars!

  13. I have been taking these to work as a snack all week. They are a satisfying treat. I used sunflower butter and am glad to have found it it because it has great flavor. One thing though, my bars fall apart and must be refrigerated. I end up eating them with a spoon. Would they be more firm if made without the coconut?

    • These are best right out of the fridge. I freeze mine and they are great that way and last longer. When I bring them to work I bring them in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack.

  14. These are so much better than I expected! Considering most of these ingredients were new for me to buy, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the bars – they’re SO good!

    Mine turned out crumbly so I have to figure out why, though. I also need more recipes that use these ingredients so they don’t go to waste.

    I hope my kids like these too!

    • I am so glad you like them! I just enjoyed them for dessert tonight with my kids! You can play around with the portions/ingredients to get them to the consistency you like. Adding more dates usually makes them stickier. More nuts and blending them less makes them more crunchy. I coat the bottom of the pan with a little coconut oil. If they are hard to get out, try freezing them and that should do the trick!

  15. I had a bag of mixed unsalted nuts, so I decided to add those instead of buying almonds. I love that most of the nuts are so big they don’t break down in the food processor. It gave my bars a more chunky texture, which I liked!

  16. I used dry roasted flax seeds by Spectrum (found at Whole Foods) which gave the bars a nuttier flavor, which I loved. These are SO delicious.

  17. Wonderful! Would love some nutrition facts on these bars do I can add to my food log. Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. These are delicious! I had a problem getting them out of the glass dish in complete bars though–they kept sticking to the bottom of the dish and breaking/crumbling apart. Did anyone else run into this? Suggestions on how to get them out of the dish in tact? Thanks so much!

  19. These are so delicious. I used green grape raisins to give it a little but more sweetness! I have yet to try it with the gogi berries…next time! Thanks for the recipe!!

  20. Could someone recommend what brand coconut oil they used? I am not overly fond of a strong coconut flavor. If anyone could share their recommendation, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

  21. Sadie, We loved these bars so much we asked Andrea N. if we could share them with our readers in Thrive OK magazine! We’ll run this wonderful recipe next to the “Flatten Your Abs” article featuring Andrea M. in OKC’s barre3 studio!

  22. I haven’t tried other ingredients, but I will definitely attempt my own combinations. If I discover any concoction worth sharing, you can count on me passing the word along. I’m excited for the next nutritious recipe you share!

  23. Ilene, I am glad you are a fan! Have you experimented with the ingredients? I tried this recipe with dried cherries in place of raisins and almond butter recently and loved the combo!

  24. Sadie! I not only made this fabulous bar but shared it with a few barre3 clients. It was a hit! I’ve caught myself a few times talking about it durring class while everyone at the barre is getting deeper into their seat work! Needless to say I’ve become a big fan of this fabulous, healthy, energy-packed snack. I’m almost eight months pregnant and this bar gives me just what I need to teach class with high energy!

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