Energy bars are packed with healthy, good-for-you ingredients. They make for a great snack, after workout carbohydrate replacement or a mid-day pick me up. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that these tiny bars are quite expensive, even if you buy them in bulk. Luckily, they are also easy to make yourself. Even better, when you make them yourself you can customize the ingredients to your liking. Hate peanuts but love almonds? Want to toss in some flax seed? That’s no problem when you make your own energy bars!
To get you started, we’ve provided two healthy and tasty homemade energy bar recipes. One homemade energy bar is almost a meal in itself and the other is a chocolaty gluten-free, dairy-free no-bake bar.
Hearty Energy Bar
1 large ripe banana
1 cup quick-cook rolled oats
½ cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup nonfat dry powdered milk
½ cup chopped and pitted dates
½ cup raisins or currants
½ cup chopped walnuts or almonds
½ cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup toasted wheat germ
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish using olive oil, corn oil or safflower oil. Mash the banana.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish.
Once the oven has reached 350 degrees F, bake the mixture for 20 minutes. Set it aside to cool. Cut the mix evenly to make 9 bars. Cover with plastic wrap or put in a plastic container to store.
Nutty, No-Bake Coconut Bars
½ cup pecans or walnuts
½ cup chocolate protein powder (available at health food stores or online)
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
¼ cup vegan chocolate chips
Blend the dates, pecans, protein powder and coconut oil in a blender or food processor for about 1 minute, until the mixture is smooth. Scrape the sides of the blender or food processor as needed.
Remove the mixture from the blender or food processor and put it into a bowl. Mix in the shredded coconut until it is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
Line a 10×5 inch pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan, making sure to even out the surface. Place the pan in the freezer for 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and cut the mixture into 8 even bars or squares.
To top them off, melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler or in a microwave. When the chips are completely melted, remove them from the heat and drizzle the chocolate over the top of the squares. Put the bars in the refrigerator until the chocolate becomes firm, about 15 minutes.
Wrap the bars in plastic wrap or place in a plastic container to store them. If it is hot in your house, keep them in the refrigerator so that the chocolate does not get melty.