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Homemade Energy Bars

Looking for delicious Energy Bar snacks?

Store bought energy bars are lacking nutrition, protein and fiber.  They have too much sugar, carbs and approximately 140-300 empty calories.    When you want something healthy and energy packed for that afternoon lull try making these homemade Energy Bars and they don’t need to be baked.

These delicious energy bars have about 200 calories, more or less, depending on what ingredients you choose.  They are filled with healthy fats, fiber and provide about 6 to 8 grams of protein which will boost your energy and get you through the day.

For all the below recipes, you will line an 8 x 8 baking dish with plastic wrap, leaving an inch or so overhang on all sides.  After combining all ingredients, press the mix into the baking dish and chill in the fridge until firm (approx. 30-45 mins).

When ready lift using the plastic wrap left hanging.  Place on a cutting board and cut into 10 portions.  Wrap each tightly with plastic wrap (be sure to reuse what was in the baking dish to be good to the environment) or you can put them in a Tupperware container (which I prefer) and store in the fridge for up to 3 week or freeze for up to 3 months.  The exception to this is, if you use quinoa, they have to be eaten in a few days unless frozen.

Oat Energy BarsOAT ENERGY BARS

1 very ripe banana, mashed

1½ cups instant or quick-cooking oats

½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

½ cup chopped, unsweetened dried fruit of your choice

½ cup maple syrup, agave or honey

½ cup natural nut butter of your choice (or sunflower butter if you have a nut allergy)

2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients for this recipe in a large bowl (you may find that it’s easiest to mix these ingredients with your hands).

For even more protein: Add ½ to 1 cup (depending on taste) of cooked quinoa. Or you can add ½ to 1 cup of a plant-based protein powder. I recommend a “no flavor” protein powder, such as VegaOne.

For extra fiber and healthy fat: Toss in a handful of chia seeds or hemp seeds.

CHOCOLATE QUINOA ENERGY BARS

1 cup cooked quinoa

⅓ cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup instant or quick-cooking oats

⅓ cup chopped, unsweetened dried cherries

¼ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

⅓ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons almond butter

½ cup cacao nibs (for crunchy flavor) or bittersweet chocolate chips

½ teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, sunflower seeds, oats, dried cherries and unsweetened coconut. Mix well, then stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond butter. Finally, stir in the cacao nibs or chocolate chips and sea salt. Table salt can also be used, but I prefer sea salt since the trace minerals left behind in the evaporation process provide extra flavor. If you prefer a mild sweet-salty flavor, use salted sunflower seeds.

GUILT-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH ENERGY BARS

These grain-free bars contain dates, which give them their sweetness and provide the texture needed to hold all the ingredients together.

½ cup dry-roasted almonds

½ cup raw cashews

2 Tablespoons almond or peanut butter

1⅓ cups pitted dates

½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

2 Tablespoons cacao nibs or bittersweet chocolate chips

½ cup unsweetened dried cherries

Process the ingredients in a food processor until fairly smooth but pasty. Refrigerate—and enjoy!

Enjoy your Healthy Homemade Energy Bars!

Recipes from bottomlinehealth.com

Category: Food