Homemade Energy Bars

by Natalie on September 5, 2012

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe ever since I wrote about my favorite brand of energy bars in this previous post.  When it comes to energy bars, homemade are my favorite, but I don’t always have the time to make them.

Healthy bars are a go-to snack for me. I love getting a whole bunch of different nuts, seeds, and grains in one little bite. They are also so portable which is so helpful when I am in a hurry.

The recipe I am sharing with you today is slightly adapted from Recbecca Katz’s cookbook, The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. If you have been following this blog, you know that Katz’s cookbook is one of my favorites!

Once I saw the recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. Rarely do I find a bar recipe that is not loaded with sugar, chocolate and refined grains. The end result was fantastic! The bars were dense and chewy – just how I like them.

Nutritionally, these bars are top-notch. They are made with all whole food ingredients with small amounts of natural sugars. This is a bar you can feel good about eating. See below the recipe for specific nutrition facts.

Homemade Energy Bars 

*I know the ingredients list looks long! Don’t let that intimidate you – these bars are easy to prepare.

  • 1 and 1/2 Cups of almonds (raw, unsalted)
  • 1/4 Cup pumpkin seeds (raw, unsalted)
  • 1/4 Cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted)
  • 4 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Cup rolled oats
  • 6 fresh dates (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Toast nuts and seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. (Do the almonds separately from the seeds as they take a bit longer)
  2. Place flour, flax, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and oats in a food processor or blender. Pulse until finely ground and well combined. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Chop cherries and dates into small pieces until they are quite gummy. Add to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  4. Mix egg, agave, water, and vanilla in a separate bowl until well combined.
  5. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients in one bowl. Knead the mixture using your hands until it is well combined.
  6. Press mixture into a 9×9 baking pan and place into a 325 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.
  7. After the pan has cooled for 5 minutes, cut into 12 squares but leave bars in pan until they cool completely (otherwise they will fall apart).

I recommend storing the bars in an air-tight container in the fridge to retain their chewiness. Experiment with different types of nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

Nutrition Facts per 1 bar

256 calories, 30 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams protein, 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber.

Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

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