Energy Bars Recipe
Hey guys! I’m really excited about this particular post. It’s one of those really awesome recipes that tastes like dessert, but is actually really healthy. I may have finally found a healthy “dessert” recipe that fulfills my craving for sweet (never thought that would happen!) And even though I just made a batch, I’m anxious to try it again and experiment with different ingredients and add-ins.
These bars are sweetened by the dates. The only extra sweetener added is a bit of honey to hold everything together. The end product is deliciously sweet, chewy, and nutty. These are similar to the healthy chocolate oat bites I made a few weeks ago in that they are unbaked and oat-based. However, these have a totally different taste.
Customizing Your Energy Bars
These energy bars can be quite cheap to make if you choose the right ingredients. The bulk of the cost comes from the dates (I paid $2.49 for an 8-ounce bag). Otherwise, you can use a blend of ingredients based on what you have available. I went a little crazy in the bulk food section of the grocery store, choosing almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips. But feel free to choose from the following:
- Nuts and seeds: Sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds
- Dried fruit: Raisins, cranberries, cherries, apples, blueberries, apricots
- Extras: Chocolate chips, cacao nibs, white chocolate chips, dried coconut
Don’t skip toasting the oats, seeds, and nuts. This makes all the difference in the taste.
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Energy Bars Recipe
Yield: 12 bars
Total Time: 15 min
- 8 ounces dried, pitted dates (or Medjool dates)
- 2 cups of a mixture of toasted oats, nuts, and seeds, plus dried fruit and chocolate chips (see ideas from list above)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Place dates in a food processor and pulse until you get a uniform paste. (See notes above if you don't have a food processor).
- Transfer date paste into a mixing bowl. Add your desired mix of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Add honey and cinnamon and mix all the ingredients together until you reach an even consistency. If mixture is dry, add a bit more honey. If mixture is too moist, add additional toasted oats. Press mixture into the pan.
- Transfer to refrigerator and allow to chill for an hour or so. Remove and cut into bars.