General Kitchen DIY: 15 Healthy Homemade Energy Bars to Make in a Snap
Kitchen DIY: 15 Healthy Homemade Energy Bars to Make in a Snap
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Homemade bars come together in a delicious mix of flavors and textures. These energy-rich ingredients will help power your fitness efforts and keep you on your toes, so you complete all of your errands each day.

What’s more, they are a breeze to prepare and budget-friendly, too. If you prefer energy bars that don’t require baking, fret not. We have compiled some recipes for those types of energy bars, too.

Read on to get the recipes for your healthy energy bars:

1. Boost Your Energy: Homemade Granola Bars With Chia Seeds

Homemade granola bars are a treat for your taste buds. The inclusion of toasted oats pumps up the flavor and makes them a little crunchier, too.

Ingredients

  • Granola BarsTwo and a half cups rolled oats
  • Half a cup coarsely chopped natural almonds
  • One teaspoon chia seeds
  • One-fourth cup unsalted butter
  • One-fourth cup dark brown sugar
  • One-fourth teaspoon kosher salt
  • One-fourth cup coarsely chopped dried golden raisins
  • One-fourth cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One-third cup honey
  • One-fourth cup mini chocolate chips

How to prepare

  • Get your oven ready at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take a nine-inch square pan and line its bottom with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  • Mix oats with chopped almonds. Transfer the mixture to a small baking dish and let it bake for 10 minutes. After lightly toasting the oats and almonds, transfer them into a separate bowl.
  • Mix together the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract seeds, chia and salt. Put the contents in a pan and cook over medium heat. Stir the contents until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  • Pour this mixture over your toasted oats and almonds. Add golden raisins and cranberries. Mix the ingredients and let it set for five minutes. Add mini chocolate chips and give it all a good stir.
  • Pour the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Use a ladle and press to form a uniform layer. Throw a few tablespoons of mini chocolate chips on top and firmly press them to the mixture.
  • Put the pan into the refrigerator and let it chill for two hours.
  • When the mixture is ready, slowly pull the layer out of the pan with the help of the parchment paper.
  • Cut the bar into 12 small pieces. Wrap them individually with parchment paper and store them until you are ready to take a bite.

2. Quinoa Energy Bars: Bursting With Healthy Ingredients

quinoaFilled with scrumptious and healthy ingredients, these quinoa energy bars are a wholesome alternative on-the-move snack or a perfect comfort food.

Ingredients

  • Two eggs
  • Two cups rolled oats
  • One cup raw quinoa
  • One cup peanut or almond butter
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • One cup dried fruit of your choice such as blueberries, cranberries and cherries
  • One tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Half a cup hemp hearts
  • Three-fourth cup agave, honey or maple syrup
  • Three-fourth cup green pumpkin seeds
  • One-fourth cup flax seeds
  • One-fourth cup chia seeds
  • One-fourth cup poppy seeds

How to prepare

  • Take a large bowl and add the butter, syrup eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix the ingredients well. Throw the rest of the ingredients into this bowl and stir it all until you get a uniform mixture.
  • Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the mixture onto the paper. Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into a uniform layer.
  • Set your oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Shove your baking sheet inside and let the mixture bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure that the underside and edges are deep golden brown in color.
  • Take the pan out and allow the contents to cool completely before cutting.
  • Cut into several pieces according to your preference. Wrap in parchment paper and store in your refrigerator.

3. Vegan Chocolate Almond Protein Bars: A Snack For Your Sweet Tooth

ChocolateVegan protein bars are full of energy and nourishment you need before or after your exercise regimen. They are so scrumptious that your taste buds will easily mistake them for a special dessert.

Ingredients

  • One and a half cups of rolled oats
  • One teaspoon cinnamon
  • One-fourth teaspoon sea salt
  • One cup raw almonds
  • One-third cup maple syrup
  • One-fourth cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Five ounces plant-based vanilla protein powder

How to Prepare

  • Line an eight-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • Take one-fourth cup of almonds and chop them into small pieces and set aside for garnishing.
  • Throw the remaining almonds, along with the salt, into the food processor and blend for several minutes until you get almond butter.
  • Into the mixture, add cinnamon, maple syrup, oats and protein powder. Blend the contents until you get a mixture with a smooth consistency.
  • Pour this mixture into a square pan and smooth the contents with the back of a spoon.
  • Sprinkle the chopped almonds on the top. Again smooth the content evenly with the spoon so that the almonds get stuck firmly into the bars.
  • Take a small glass container and place the chocolate chips inside. Put this container in the microwave to melt the chips. Pour this chocolate on your bars.
  • Transfer the square pan to the refrigerator and let the bars set for at least 20 minutes before you cut them.
  • Enjoy the bars and store the leftovers in your fridge.

4. Savory Oat Bars: Try Adding Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sometimes, you crave a tangy flavor instead of a sweet one. This recipe is full of the aromas of spices, tomatoes, herbs and olives.

Sun Dried TomatoesIngredients

  • One and a half cups rolled oats
  • One-fourth cup roughly chopped almonds
  • One cup milk
  • One teaspoon cumin seeds
  • One-fourth cup finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • Half a teaspoon chili flakes
  • Two tablespoons dried oregano
  • Two tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • One-fourth cup pitted and finely chopped Kalamata olives
  • One teaspoon sea salt

How to Prepare

  • Set your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take an eight-inch square tin sheet and line it with parchment paper.
  • Place herbs, spices, ground flax, salt and oats in a medium bowl. Pour milk into this mixture and let it sit still for 10 minutes to allow the ingredients to soak in.
  • Chop the almonds, sun dried tomatoes and olives into small pieces. Add these to the oat mixture and stir well.
  • Transfer this mixture into your square pan and spread uniformly with the help of a rubber spatula.
  • Bake the mixture for about 30 to 35 minutes. Allow it to cool and then cut into small bars. Store in an airtight container in your fridge.
  • You can enjoy these delicacies for up to three days.

5. Fuel for Your Body: Pomegranate Date Quinoa Energy Bars

This lip-smacking energy bar is fulfilling and will keep you buzzing with energy, even after a hectic day.

PomegranateIngredients

  • Half a cup pomegranate seeds
  • Half a cup flaxseed powder
  • Three-fourth cup Medjool or other type of dates
  • Half a cup cooked quinoa
  • One-fourth cup hemp seed powder
  • One-fourth cup sunflower seeds
  • A pinch of sea salt

How to Prepare

  • Take the seeds out from the dates and cut them into small pieces. They will be gummy.
  • Throw the rest of the ingredients, along with the chopped dates, into a food processor and blend until you get the desired texture.
  • Transfer the mixture into several bar-shaped silicone molds.
  • Cover them in wrap and keep in your refrigerator for the night.
  • Once they are set, remove them from the molds and store them in a container. Place this box in a freezer, otherwise they will turn mushy when left for too long on the counter.
  • Whenever you feel the urge to munch on these energy bars, pull one directly from the freezer. If you find it too cold for your taste, wait for a few minutes until it reaches a more comfortable temperature or pop it in your microwave for about eight to 10 seconds.

6. Apricot Cashew Energy Bars: No Need to Chop and Bake

Apricot bars are full of sweetness and nutrients. They are easy to prepare and do not call for any chopping and baking of ingredients.

ApricotIngredients

  • One-third cup rolled oats
  • Half a cup raw cashews
  • Two tablespoons hemp seeds
  • Two tablespoons agave syrup
  • One cup dried Turkish or other type of apricots
  • One tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • Three-fourth cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • One-fourth teaspoon sea salt

How to Prepare

  • Take an eight-inch square baking pan. Line it with saran wrap or parchment paper.
  • Throw the cashews in your food processor until crumbly. Transfer them to a separate bowl.
  • Put apricots in your food processor and blend them finely. Add other ingredients to this apricot mixture and blend until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Add crumbled cashew nuts to this mixture and blend again.
  • Transfer the mixed contents to your baking pan. Use a flat ladle to create a uniform layer.
  • Place this baking pan in your freezer for an hour. Remove the bars and cut them into your desired shape.
  • Store these delectable bars in an airtight container in your freezer. They should last for a month.

7. Chocolate Berry Superfood Bars: A Nutritious Source of Fiber and Energy

Prepared from coconut, bananas and almond butter, these yummy bars are soft, delicious and full of energy. They are a good source of fiber and provide numerous essential minerals that your body needs to function optimally.

cacaoBase Ingredients

  • Two tablespoons cacao
  • Two tablespoons peanut butter
  • Half a cup desiccated coconut
  • One cup almonds
  • One cup cashews
  • Two tablespoons maca
  • One cup dates
  • One to three tablespoons almond milk

Top Ingredients

  • One tablespoon peanut butter
  • Half a cup cashews
  • One-fourth cup chia seed
  • Two cups frozen raspberries
  • Two tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • Two tablespoons acai powder
  • One to two tablespoons rice malt syrup
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • Three-fourth cup desiccated coconut

How to Prepare

  • baking tinTake a square baking tin, preferably eight-inch. Line it with saran wrap, nonstick paper or parchment paper.
  • Set aside the almond milk. Place the rest of the base ingredients into your food processor and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.
  • If you find that the mixture is quite dry and does not stick together, add a few drops of almond milk until the mixture becomes sticky.
  • Transfer this prepared sticky mixture into your lined baking tin and keep it in the freezer. In the meantime, prepare your top ingredients.
  • Throw all the top ingredients into your food processor and pulse until you obtain a smooth consistency. Pour this mixture onto the baking tin with the base mixture.
  • Smooth the bars evenly with your spatula and place the tin in your freezer for an hour.
  • When set, cut into small bars and store in your freezer.

8. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars: A Gluten Free Option

When you yearn for an energy bar which is a bit chewy and a bit crunchy, these pumpkin pie bars are your best bet. The topping of pumpkin seeds on the top add the right texture and the flavor that your taste buds will love. And if you are anyone in your family is gluten-intolerant, these bars will be perfect.

Ingredients

  • One teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • One cup pitted dates
  • Two tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • pumpkin pieTwo tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Half a teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Half a cup raw cashews
  • One-fourth cup pure pumpkin puree
  • One-third cup vegan vanilla or pumpkin protein powder

Garnish

  • Two tablespoons chopped pecans
  • Two tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • Two tablespoons toasted coconut flakes

How to Prepare

  • Transfer all the ingredients to your food processor and blend until smooth. If you like, you may leave the mixture a little coarse and chunky.
  • Take eight-inch baking tin and line it with parchment paper. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet. The mixture will be quite sticky.
  • Smooth the mixture evenly and prepare a uniform layer by pressing it down with a flat spoon.
  • Drizzle chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds and toasted coconut flakes on the top. Press again to set the topping on the mixture.
  • Put the baking tin in your freezer for two to three hours. When the mixture solidifies, cut into small bars.
  • Place them in the airtight container and keep it in the fridge.

9. Whole-Grain Fruit Filled Bars: A Wholesome Grab On-The-Go Snack

The combination of the goodness of fruits and the nutrition of whole grains makes these bars a fast and healthy treat for your family.

Ingredients

  • Two tablespoons cold water
  • One and a half cups whole wheat flour
  • Half a cup packed brown sugar
  • Half a teaspoon salt
  • oatsOne and a half cups old-fashioned oats
  • Three-fourth cup cold, unsalted butter, chopped into half inch cubes
  • Three-fourth cup fruit preserves or jam

How to Prepare

  • Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take nine by 13-inch baking tin. Line it with parchment paper.
  • Mix together oats, flour, brown sugar and salt in your food processor and blend the mixture for 30 seconds.
  • Add cold water and butter. Blend again until the mixture is of a good consistency and sticks together nicely.
  • After your mixture is ready, divide it into two equal halves. Transfer one half into the baking tin and press evenly with a spatula to smooth the mixture.
  • Spread the remaining half of the mixture on the top of the base layer. Press the mixture again using the flat surface of the spatula.
  • Transfer the baking tin to your preheated oven and let the mixture bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool and slice the bars into uniform pieces.
  • Store these bars at room temperature for at least three days, or in your fridge for seven days.

10. Quick and Easy No-Bake Banana Nut Protein Bars

There are some days when you don’t want to stand over your oven and bake your favorite energy bars for hours on end. So, if you are looking to prepare some delicious bars on one such lazy day, try these banana protein bars.

Ingredients

  • Half a cup pitted Medjool or other type of dates
  • bananaHalf a cup mashed overripe banana
  • Half a cup walnuts
  • Half a cup almonds
  • One cup old fashioned oats
  • Two tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • Half a cup vanilla protein powder
  • One-fourth cup chocolate chips
  • One-fourth teaspoon cinnamon
  • One-fourth teaspoon salt

How to Prepare

  • Take a square eight-inch pan and line it with parchment paper.
  • Pulse the banana, dates and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Toss three-fourth cup of oats, flaxseed, almonds, walnuts, salt and cinnamon to the food processor and pulse again. Add the remaining oats, protein powder and chocolate chips. Stir the mixture together.
  • Pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Use wet hands to make the layer smooth and even. Keep this pan in a freezer for two to three hours before cutting it into small pieces. Store the bars in the freezer.

11. Lemon Date Energy Bars: A Sweet and Nutty Treat

When you are in a mood to bite on something sweet and sour, nothing can beat these lemon date bars.

Ingredients

  • lemon juiceTwo tablespoons lemon juice
  • Half a cup cashews
  • One and a half teaspoons lemon oil extract
  • One pound pitted dates
  • One cup almonds
  • One tablespoon lemon zest

How to Prepare

  • Prepare your baking tin and line it with parchment paper.
  • Toss pitted dates, lemon zest, almonds and cashews into your food processor and blend to form a thick paste.
  • Add lemon oil extract and juice and blend again. Pour this mixture into your lined baking pan. Cover and leave it to set in your refrigerator for two to three hours.
  • Cut the bars into the desired size, and wrap them with a plastic wrap.
  • You can store the bars in the fridge for seven days.

12. Four-Ingredient Energy Bars: Less Sugar and More Nutrition

If you are looking for a healthy alternative with less sugar but plenty of nutrition, this energy bar is for you. The combination of wholesome ingredients makes this an appetizing option for anytime snack or dessert.

Ingredients

  • SugarTwo cups rolled oats
  • Two large ripe bananas
  • One-fourth cup chopped nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans
  • One-fourth cup pitted, chopped dates
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • Grated nutmeg or cinnamon

How to Prepare

  • Take a nine-inch square baking dish and grease it using olive oil. Preheat your over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the banana and mash it thoroughly. Ensure there are no big chunks left. Add dates, nuts, salt and vanilla to the mashed banana.
  • Pour the mixture evenly onto your prepared baking dish. Drizzle cinnamon on the top. Bake the mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Let it cool and cut it to form rectangular bars.

13. Sweet Bean Energy Bars: Your Perfect Source of Fiber and Protein

The fiber, vitamins, folate, potassium and phytonutrients contained in black beans are right choice for your heart, as well as your overall health.

Ingredients

  • One and a half cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • black beansOne-fourth cup oatmeal blended until fine
  • One-fourth cup ground flaxseed
  • One-third cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • Two teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Half a cup brown rice syrup
  • Three-fourth cup dried banana slices
  • Half a cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Two tablespoons almond meal, fine
  • Half a cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

How to Prepare

  • Pulse the banana, cocoa powder, beans, raisins, vanilla and syrup in a food processor until the mixture is thick and well-blended.
  • Add flaxseed, oatmeal and chocolate chips. Blend again until a dough is formed.
  • Prepare a nine-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. Put a layer of almonds over the bottom and press the mixture onto the pan with the spatula.
  • Transfer the dish into the freezer and let it set for two hours.
  • Cut into several pieces and wrap each in wax paper. Store them in a container and keep in your fridge. They’ll keep well for up to four days.

14. Peanut Butter Energy Bars: Your Favorite Travel Buddy

Peanut energy bars not only taste delicious, they are easy to carry. High in protein and healthy carbohydrates, these bars don’t require refrigeration.

Ingredients

  • peanut butterOne cup peanut butter
  • Three cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
  • Two tablespoons whey protein
  • Five-eighths cup honey

How to Prepare

  • Take a pan and add peanut butter along with honey. Place it on the stove and cook over a low flame until the mixture is runny.
  • Add the protein powder and oatmeal. Heat again to mix all the ingredients properly.
  • Pour the mixture into a nine-inch pan. Keep the pan in a refrigerator for two hours.
  • Cut into 16 bars and pack it with your luggage.

15. Energy Oat Bars: Easy and Quick to Prepare

The right recipe when you are yearning for a delicious treat.

Ingredients

  • One and a half cups rolled oats
  • Half cup light corn syrup
  • Half cup wheat germ
  • honeyHalf cup chopped nuts
  • One cup peanut butter
  • Half cup instant dry milk powder
  • Half cup dried cranberries
  • Half cup oat bran
  • One cup chocolate chips
  • Half cup honey

How to Prepare

  • Grease an eight-inch square baking pan.
  • Add all the ingredients and spread them out onto a greased pan.
  • Keep the pan in your fridge for two hours.
  • Cut into bars and store in a tupperware.

Instead of buying overpriced energy bars, energize yourself with these lip-smacking homemade bars. Whether you eat these bars to refuel your body after a workout or to keep yourself full of energy, they will provide your body with the nutrients it needs. The best thing is that you can get most of the ingredients from your nearby supermarket or local health food store.

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