Easy Energy Bars
Perfect bars to pick you up after a workout, or if you need a snack to keep you full until your actual meal. This, not a meal replacement, it is a homemade snack that will keep you satisfied, cravings for sugar suppressed and give you some energy to get you through the day.
My oldest one is an active 17-year-old, so I love making these for him especially because he is burning lots of calories each day. On the other note, I love taking a bite or two after my workout or when I just need something sweet, but at the same time to keep me fuller for my next meal.
Also, if you are looking to cut down on buying store bought protein bars these would be a great way to start. You can really come up with some incredible favors and save money as well just by buying in bulk. What flavor would you like me to make next? I am thinking almond joy since they are my favorite candy bars. Let me know in the comment section.
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Easy Energy Bars
- 1 1/2 cups Organic Oats
- 1/2 cup Almonds unsalted
- 1/2 cup Cashews unsalted
- 1/2 cup Walnuts
- 1/4 cup Flaxseeds golden or brown
- 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds raw
- 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds raw
- 1 cup Dried Fruit Any on hand, a mixture of more than 2, etc.
- 1 scoop of Protein Powder any that you like or use. I use Organic Vanilla Protein powder
- 3/4 cup Maple Syrup or 1/2 cup Pure Honey + 1/4 cup Pure Maple
Turn the oven to 375F and allow it to preheat.
On a large baking sheet combine together oats, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Toast it for 5 minutes, mix it then toast for another 2 minutes. Do not burn and do not go into fully toasted, this is just to release the aroma, and get that amazing taste so do not skip this step either. Take it out of the oven and let it slightly cool down. You may place it on the cutting board and run a knife through it if you want this less chunky.
Cut dried fruit into smaller chunks as well. Place it on the cutting board and just run a knife and roughly chop.
Add all the dried ingredients in the large bowl, then add Maple syrup. Read notes for more info.
Mix the whole mixture together. Use your hands to mix it (This is also an amazing skin scrub).
Line the middle of a deep baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper, 9x9 square pan is perfect. If you want these bars to have hight then use a smaller pan. I said a middle of the pan because then it is easier to pull it out of the pan. See pictures.
Oil your hand with healthy oils, avocado oil, oil, coconut oil and similar then lightly oil the pan sides.
Transfer the mixture to the pan and press with your oily fingers and hand for a couple of minutes until the mixture is firm.
Cover with a plastic film or wax paper and place in the fridge.
Allow it to set for at least 2 hours before eating, but the best results are 24 hours in the fridge.
- This is really versatile. You can add any fruit, nuts or seeds.
- If you want less sugar in your bar Maple syrup is the way to go. As sugars go, pure maple syrup is one of the least harmful. Honey or agave nectar is a good alternative to use although if you are able to use pure maple please use it.
- This can make up to 14 servings depending what size of the pan you are using or how you cut the bars; into long bars or squares.
- These bars are between 340-380 calories, depending what brands of protein powder, dried fruit or maple syrup you are using.
- For fewer calories slice these with a serrated edge knife, also known as a bread knife, into equal squares.
- To get the most out of making your homemade bars buy them in bulk. The ingredients are really affordable when you compare to prepacked. Also, you have the option to get organic and buy what you like and what you wish to use in these bars. You may use more fruits or nuts or less.