Homemade Energy Bars

by Pamela

Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade energy bars are a healthy, portable snack you can easily make. These chewy energy bars are perfect between meals or a great pick me up before a workout.

Monday’s are always low energy days for me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m bummed the weekend is over, I know how much work I have to do in the coming week or if it has something to do with my astrological sign. Who knows? But Mondays always move in slow motion for me.

I thought I’d make up a batch of homemade energy bars to give me a little pick me up in the afternoon. Sure, I’ve got a drawer full of store bought energy bars, but it’s so easy to make them from scratch, I just decided to do that instead of grabbing for the pre-made kind. I found this simple recipe in Bon Appetit, so I thought I would toss it together. Of course with a couple of minor changes.

Homemade Energy Bars

These homemade energy bars are a cinch to make. The hardest part of making these is finding the sesame seeds. But I found them in bulk at my local Sprouts store. These bars have a lot of sesame seeds in them, which is just fine with me. I’m one of those people who love those crunchy sesame candies. Once I start eating them I can’t stop. These energy bars remind me of those candies (although not quite as sweet).

So I made the batch of energy bars and let them cool before I dug into them. Did I run around like the energizer bunny? No. But I could feel a bit more energy flowing through my system. (The bit of protein in these helps with that.) I also noticed that I wasn’t looking for a snack before dinner. So they kind of hold your appetite for you. (Which is always a good thing in my book.)

If you can’t find the roasted, unsalted peanuts you could sub in roasted and salted nuts. Just leave out the added salt. I’ll make that note in the directions too.

But these homemade energy bars are a delicious little snack to help perk up your day and help keep you satisfied between lunch and dinner.

Homemade Energy Bars
 
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Homemade energy bars are a healthy, portable snack you can easily make. These chewy energy bars are perfect between meals or a pick me up before a workout.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups sesame seeds
  • ¾ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line 8"x8" glass baking pan with parchment paper and make sure that you leave edges of the paper overhanging the sides of the pan.
  3. In a large bowl mix sesame seeds, coconut, peanuts, chia seeds and salt together.
  4. In a small bowl thoroughly mix together the syrup, almond butter and vanilla. Once this is blended together, pour it into the bowl of the sesame seed mixture. Then thoroughly coat the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  5. Scrape the mixture into the lined baking pan and pat it into the pan in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges begin to lightly brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour.
  8. Pull bars out of the pan by lifting the parchment paper and cut into 16 equal squares.
  9. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
If you can't find roasted, unsalted peanuts you can use roasted and salted peanuts. Just make sure to leave out the ¼ teaspoon of salt or the bars will be too salty.

 

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John/Kitchen Riffs June 21, 2017 at 11:07 am

I think Mondays are low energy for everyone! Which means we all need to make these. 🙂 They look great — thanks.

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