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A Clif Bar By Any Other Name

23 Jan

I LOVE ENERGY BARS!!!!

Clif Bars, Lara Bars, Raw Revolution, Kind Bars… you get the idea.

I spend a lot of time online looking for homemade energy bar recipes and try to create a batch every week. They are just soooooo good I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes. These are great as a mid-day snack and they can satisfy a sweet tooth.

While the recipes posted below are nearly identical to the ones posted on their respective websites you should feel free to swap out ingredients based on what is in your pantry.

No Bake Blueberry Granola Bars (The Joy of Clean Eating)

½ cup almonds, sliced

1 ½ cup raw cashews, chopped

1 cup dried blueberries

1 ½ cup rolled oats

1 ½ cup brown rice puff cereal

1 cup brown rice syrup

¼ cup date sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Toast almonds and cashews in a skillet. Combine toasted nuts, oats,cereal and blueberries.

In a small saucepan heat syrup, sugar, and vanilla over medium-high heat, stir constantly. Simmer 2-3 minutes until the syrup thickens.

Pour syrup over nuts & oats and stir until combined.

Transfer mixture into a foil lined 9 x 13 baking dish and pat down mixture until it’s compact. Cool to room temperature and cut into bars.

* I like to reduce the amount of sweetener and freeze the bars.

Last Minute Protein Energy Bars (Oh She Glows)

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup brown rice crisp cereal

¼ – ½ cup protein powder

½ tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

½ cup brown rice syrup

½ cup sunflower seed butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, melted

In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl mix together brown rice syrup and sunflower seed butter. Heat in microwave for 45 seconds then stir in vanilla.

Pour syrup mixture over dry ingredients and combine.

Press into a pan until compact. Melt chocolate in microwave and spread over the top of the bars.

Freeze for 10 minutes then cut into bars.

Store in refrigerator or freezer.

* I don’t use protein powder on a regular basis so I bought one package of Raw Protein and tossed it all in. I also forgot to microwave the syrup mixture and the bars came out just fine.

Chocolate Brownie Larabars (Running Upward)

2 cups chopped pitted dates

2 cups raw cashews

½ cup raw almonds

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch sea salt

½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 Tbsp vanilla extract

2-3 Tbsp water

Place dates, nuts, cocoa and salt in a food processor and pulse to a coarse crumb. Add in coconut and pulse twice more.

Add vanilla and 2T water and process. Add more water if needed to achieve moist dough.

Press the mixture into a pan until very compact.

Chill 20-30 minutes then cut into bars.

* I like to roll dough into balls and freeze.

I hope you like these recipes as much as I do. I would recommend that you keep the portion sizes small given the amount of nuts and sweetener in the recipes, nothing is worse than gaining weight by eating healthy foods.

If you have a favorite energy bar recipe please share, I would love to try out some new recipes.

~ Happy & Healthy Eating

Disclaimer: photos and recipes are not Wheatgrass & Sassafras originals. Please click on the links throughout this post to see where these materials originated.