Energy Bar Recipes

Energy Bar Recipes

Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Date Chews

Want an alternative to those expensive sports/energy bars that you buy in the specialty stores? The energy bar recipes we provide are delicious and easy to make. Quick, healthy, tasty snacks, full of energy, are a great addition to our busy lives.

Energy Bar Recipes are a favorite creation of Stephanie Atwood's
Energy Bar Recipes are a favorite creation of Stephanie Atwood’s

Save money, be natural, and get the nutrients from healthy eating snacks that you need to perform well in sports and workouts. My teenage daughter and 70-year-old uncle both love these energy bars.

You can vary the ingredients dramatically and they’re still delicious. Try using raisins or apricots, or a combination of dried fruit, for example, instead of dates. No baking is necessary.

1 C dates, chopped and boiled with 2 C water to make a thick, gooey, syrup (reduced to 2 C overall, including dates and water)
1 C rolled oats
1 1/2 C almonds, chopped semi-fine
1 1/2 C dried cranberries or cherries
1/2 C nonfat dried milk or protein powder
1/2 C ground flax seeds
1 TBSP coconut oil or butter
1 1/4 C peanut butter

Chop dates and mix with water in a small pot. Boil to a thick syrupy consistency. Stir to keep from sticking to the pan. Let cool.

Chop almonds. Mix dry and wet ingredients until well-combined. Spread on a flat baking sheet lined with foil or wax paper or roll in balls. Roll balls in chocolate chips for a special addition or press chips on top of flat mixture.

Cut into separate portions, wrap with foil, and keep in freezer until needed. No baking is required.

Prepare in advance. Store in freezer or refrigerator

The recipe above produces about 30 bars and is significantly less expensive to make than to buy commercial energy bars! These bars will pack a powerful punch in terms of energy, and they also carry a lot of calories. That’s what you want in an energy bar – lots of instant energy (natural, instant sugars and carbohydrates, along with fats, and protein for a full complement of nutrients).

Note from Stephanie Kay Atwood: Eating an energy bar fits into a pre or post workout effort that lasts most of an hour or more and burns a minimum of 400 or more calories from the workout. Don’t think of an energy bar as a normal snack unless there is activity connected to it. The one without the other will lead to blood sugar spikes and weight gain.

Nutrition books from a sports nutritionist

Stephanie Kay Atwood has published numerous books on nutrition, fitness and lifelong health. Learn more about and order her books at the Author’s Section of Amazon Books.

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