If you need a quick and healthy snack that you can grab and go, these homemade energy bars are perfect for you. They are easy to make, with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, they are customizable to your taste, so you can add your favorite nuts, seeds, fruits, or chocolate chips. These bars are also great for athletes, hikers, or anyone who needs a quick boost of energy during the day.
|1 cup||Rolled oats|
|1/2 cup||Pitted dates||Soak in warm water for 10 minutes|
|1/4 cup||Honey or maple syrup|
|1/4 cup||Natural peanut butter or almond butter|
|1/4 cup||Hemp hearts or chia seeds|
|1/4 cup||Unsalted roasted almonds or any nuts of your choice||Roughly chopped|
|1/4 cup||Dark chocolate chips or dried fruits|
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a food processor or blender, pulse the rolled oats until fine crumbs form.
- Add the soaked dates, honey or maple syrup, natural peanut butter or almond butter, hemp hearts or chia seeds, and pulse until the mixture forms a sticky dough.
- Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and stir in the roughly chopped almonds and dark chocolate chips or dried fruits.
- Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let cool completely in the pan, then lift the parchment paper to remove the bars from the pan.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the bars into desired size and shape.
- Wrap each bar tightly in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container for up to a week.
You can customize these energy bars to your taste and dietary needs. Here are a few suggestions:
- Replace the rolled oats with gluten-free oats or quinoa flakes for a gluten-free version.
- Use agave syrup or brown rice syrup instead of honey or maple syrup for a vegan option.
- Add shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or dried cranberries for extra flavor and texture.
- Use cashew butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter or almond butter for allergies.
- Substitute the dark chocolate chips with white chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, or raisins.
One energy bar (about 2 inches or 5 cm square) provides approximately:
|200||5 g||9 g||25 g|
Note: Nutritional values may vary depending on the ingredients you use.
Making your own energy bars is not only fun and easy but also healthier and cheaper than buying pre-packaged bars. You can play with different flavors and ingredients until you find your favorite combination. These bars are perfect as a snack or breakfast on the go, or as a pre-workout or post-workout snack. Give them a try and let us know how you like them!