When I first made energy bars at home, I was completely shocked. I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was. They taste great and can be stored for a long time.
The best part is you will actually end up saving money by making your own energy bars.
Energy bars are an excellent snack for in between larger meals and before and after a workout. They give you the required energy and nutrients to help your body function properly throughout the day.
If you think about it, most of us have lunch around 12pm, and then we have dinner at 6 p.m. or even later. This is a very long time to go without having any food. So no wonder that around 4 p.m. our bodies start to crash. We get sleepy, our brains shut down, and no matter what your professor or your boss is telling you, you’re just not going to process it.
This is your body’s way of telling you: “HELLO! A LITTLE ENERGY PLEASE“.
This is when the energy bars come in!
I first got the idea to make homemade energy bars when I learned that the bars that are sold commercially and are portrayed as a “healthy snack” are actually not very good for us.
A simple test is to look at the list of the ingredients. Like I mentioned in the video, there should only be 3-5 ingredients in total. If you see ingredients that you do not recognize or cannot pronounce, you should not be putting them in your body.
You want your energy bars (well all of your food) to contain only natural ingredients.
I really hope that you try making these energy bars. I know you will absolutely love them! You can substitute almonds and cherries with any nuts and dried fruits, but make sure to keep the dates. Dates act as a binder and sweeten your energy bar without adding any artificial sugar.
If you invent your own energy bar recipe and I really encourage you to do so, please share it in the comments below!
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cherries
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Pulse a few times.
- Process for 30 seconds.
- TURN OFF AND UNPLUG the food processor. Scrape the edges of the bowl to make sure nothing is sticking.
- Process for 1-2 min continuously until a ball is formed.
- Place saran wrap on top of a cutting board.
- Put the ball on top of the saran wrap and press into a 8x8 inches disk with your hands.
- Wrap the disk and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Unwrap the disk and place on a cutting board.
- Cut into 16 squares, 8 long bars or roll into 32 small balls.
- Wrap each square/bar/ball individually and store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Each 2x2 inches square has approximately 100 calories, 2g protein, 5g fat, 2g fiber, 15g carbs and 10g sugar. You can cut the disk into 8 bars (200 calories) or roll it into 32 tiny balls (50 calories).
- Cherries + Almonds + Dates
- Apples + Walnuts + Dates
- Blueberries + Almonds + Dates
- Cranberry + Pecans + Dates
- Apricot + Pecans + Dates
- Raisins + Cashews + Dates
You can also add some coconut flakes, cinnamon, chocolate chips, nutmeg, ground flaxseed, cocoa powder, lemon zest, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, oats, vanilla, etc.