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Energy Bar Recipes for the Whole Family

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With the weather heating up outside and summer upon us, what a better way to celebrate than getting outside and going on a long hike or heading to the beach. Today we’ve picked two of our favorite no-bake energy bar recipes for quick on-the-go snacks that you can easily pack in your reusable containers.

CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND BUTTER GRANOLA ENERGY BAR

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey (sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (if unsalted, add a healthy pinch sea salt)
  • 3/4 cup raw nuts (such as pecans and almonds)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (GF for gluten free eaters)
  • 1/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips (dairy free to keep vegan)

INSTRUCTIONS

OPTIONAL: Toast oats in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes to give a toasted flavor. Not necessary but recommended.

1. Place dates in a food processor and mix until small bits remain and they form a ball. 2.Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add oats, nuts, and chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon, breaking down the dates so they disperse fairly evenly throughout the ingredients. Small chunks are OK.

3. Warm honey and almond butter in a small saucepan and pour over dry ingredients. Stir quickly to evenly coat. The chocolate chips will get a little melty – that’s fine and even desirable.

4. Transfer to a shallow pan (such as 8×8 or loaf pan) lined with parchment or plastic wrap and top with another piece of plastic wrap and use your hands to form the mixture into a tight square (keeping in mind you want them about 1/2 thick and you’ll cut them into 10-12 bars) with a uniformly flat top. This will take a little work but the warmth of your hands will work well to shape them.

5. Still covered, pop them into the freezer to set for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 10 bars. Store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge to keep fresh, or in the freezer for longer term storage.

View the inspiration for the recipe here

CHOCOLATE CHIA COCONUT ENERGY BITES

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups oats – old fashioned or quick cooking
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter and honey until smooth. Stir in cinnamon and salt.
2. Add oats, chia, coconut and flax seed meal to the bowl and stir until evenly incorporated.

3. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that all ingredients are combined then stir in chocolate chips.

4. Use a small/medium cookie scoop to form into bite-sized balls. Can be served immediately or chilled if you prefer them cold. Energy bites can be kept in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

 

View the inspiration for the recipe here

 

Interested in more energy bar recipes? Check out all of our favorites on our Pinterest page .