Right off the bat I would like to say that these bars taste great! I wanted to get that out of the way because when people hear energy bars, they usually think it’ll taste like cardboard. But I promise these sweet treats will hit the spot, and leave you feeling full and energetic!
I’m ashamed to admit the number of times I’m out running errands with my kids, when hunger hits, and I end up at some drive-thru for some fries! I used to eat a lot of granola bars thinking it was a good snack, until I discovered they’re full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.
The local farm where I get my raw milk from, sells organic, almost raw energy bars. I stocked up on some to keep in my car for myself and the kids so we wouldn’t end up eating fries again. But at $3.50 for a bar half the size of my palm, I knew I had to come up with another option. I decided to make some myself, and I’m SO happy with how they turned out!
The great thing about making it at home is you can add whatever you want. Really, the possibilities are endless and it’s a fraction of the cost!
The following recipe is one of my kids’ favorite. They prefer more sweetness and dates in theirs, and I prefer more oats or granola in mine. You can easily adapt the recipe to your own taste.
– 15 Dates, pitted
– 1/4 cup almond
– 1/4 cup pecans
– 1/2 cup rolled oats or granola
– 3 tbsp golden ground flax seed
– 1 tbsp chia seeds
– 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
– Dash of cinnamon
– Put mixture on parchment paper and flatten it out evenly.
– Cut them to desired size. Store in air tight container with a piece of parchment paper in between each bar.
– Dried Apricots
– Dried cranberries
– Raw honey
– Sunflower seeds
– Sesame seeds
– Hemp seeds
– Almond butter
– Goji berries
– Unsweetened shredded coconut
– Dark chocolate chips
I also add some fresh fruit when it’s in season:
Here’s how I like mine These have lots of oats and granola, dried apricots and cranberries, chia seeds, almonds, and peanut butter. Sooo goood!!!!
There really is no wrong way to make these! As long as you have one sticky ingredient (dates, dried fruit, honey, nut butter), you can add anything else you want, the possibilities are endless! Here is to a healthier new year, and no more fries!
- – 15 Dates, pitted
- – ¼ cup almond
- – ¼ cup pecans
- – ½ cup rolled oats or granola
- – 3 tbsp golden ground flax seed
- – 1 tbsp chia seeds
- – 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- - Dash of cinnamon
- – Put everything in food processor and pulse until it is finely chopped.
- – Put mixture on parchment paper and flatten it out evenly.
- – Cut them to desired size. Store in air tight container with a piece of parchment paper in between each bar.