These DIY Energy Bars Offer An Easy, Healthy Way To Refuel

These DIY Energy Bars Offer An Easy, Healthy Way To Refuel

Energy bars make for great snacks and fuel for workouts, but the pricey commercial versions often contain ingredients you don’t need. These homemade energy bars are a healthier version you can make in about half-an-hour.

This recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is super-simple. It doesn’t even require baking! As the text notes:

The great thing about this recipe is that there aren’t too many ingredients, and there’s minimal prep work involved — you don’t even have to toast the nuts or chop anything beforehand.

To make them, pulse the ingredients (pitted dates, sunflower seeds, raw almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries and coconut oil) in a food processor. Then press the mixture into a lined baking dish, leave it in the fridge for 20 minutes, and then just cut it up. The bars stay good for a week in the fridge or frozen for up to a month.

As one commenter on the recipe says: “You should stop what you’re doing, and make these.” Hit the post for the full details.

Homemade Energy Bars [America’s Test Kitchen]


  • Don’t you need to dose it with a huge amount of caffeine to make an Energy Bar?

    • If the allergy is specific to almonds you could replace with pretty much any other nut I would think. If it’s one of those no-nut-is-a-good-nut type of allergies, I have made something similar with protein powder in place of the nuts. Gives it a bit more of a gummy kind of texture, but worked quite well. I’d probably go with a bit less protein powder than the measurement for the almonds as the powder is pretty dry.

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