Customize these Fruit and Nut Energy Bars with any fruits or nuts you like. They’re quick and easy to make, and require absolutely no baking.
Guys – do you ever buy “energy bars” (you know, the type that are kind of expensive and are supposed to be eaten on top of a mountain, or at the end of a long bike race), but then you just end up eating them when you really want cookies, because they make you feel a little less guilty? Yeah, me too. There are two major problems with those fancy energy bars. The first, is that there are so many delicious flavors, I end up buying one of each. Which brings me to the second problem, which is the price. Yikes. If I only ate them when I made it to the top of a mountain, that would be one thing… Really expensive cookie habit.
That’s why I had to start making my own, and they are so ridiculously easy to make – you should too. Making your own energy bars allows you to be creative with the flavors and ingredients – how about apricot, almonds and vanilla? Or macadamia nuts, coconut, and pineapple? Or peanut butter, walnuts and chocolate chips? The possibilities are quite endless, and it’s really nice to keep a stash of these in your freezer for when you really do need a quick and healthy snack when you’re hiking, biking or working out. Or for when you just need cookies, but prefer a healthier option.
These energy bars have no added sugar, but they’re plenty sweet from dates and lots of other fruit. I also added chocolate protein powder to the mix because sometimes I really do like a protein bar – and if I’m more in a chocolate cookie-eating mood, the protein fills me up quickly, so I won’t polish off the entire batch 🙂
Here’s another great reason to make your own energy bars: portion control. As in – my favorite brand that is available in the grocery store is way too small. I prefer to eat one and a half. So mine are cut just a little bit bigger. But you decide how big to make yours.
When do you snack on energy bars?