We all love convenience these days – and I totally get it. We are busier than ever and our health takes a back seat as we like to lean into gran & go food. Protein bars are a million $$ industry and unfortunately, they are usually candy bars in disguise. I always tell my clients to get in the habit of reading the ingredient list. If the first few ingredients are some form of sugar, put it back. I have even seen some say ‘may cause a laxative effect?!” What the?????
Now there are dozens of bars to choose from when shopping so it can become overwhelming. This is where my Homemade Energy Bars come to the rescue!
With just a few simple ingredients you can create your own healthy energy bars with no funny stuff. And save $$! These are totally versatile so feel free to swap some of the ingredients – but here is what I used.
GF Old Fashioned Oats
Salt & Cinnamon
That’s it! Be in charge of your health by knowing what you are putting into your body. If you are wondering how I got them into these perfectly shaped bars I have the next best kitchen gadget for you! Granola Bar Molds! You can get them right from Amazon.
*Another option is to use an 8×8 baking dish
These are my latest favorite food toy and I can’t wait to create more versions of my homemade healthy energy bars. If you make these be sure to share them with me over on IG – would love to see what creation you create!
Homemade Energy Bars - Vegan & GF
- 1 Granola Bar Maker https://amzn.to/3kLwBwz
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1.5 cups rolled oats (GF is needed)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (or your fave nut)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cranberries
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Place dates in food processor (if hard, soak them first) process until only small bits remain. Dough-like consistency
- Place dates, maple syrup & almond butter in a medium bowl, stirring to blend. Add rolled oats and walnuts, mixing well to combine. Then add in cranberries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, salt & cinnamon. Mix until blended completley
- Press mixture into granola molds and secure. Put in fridge for an hour or freezer for 15 minutes to firm up. Remove portions and wrap individually. Keep in fridge or freezer.
- *Note. If you don't have granola molds simply use a 8x8 baking dish and press mixture down. After they firm up cut into serving sizes and wrap.