I love energy or snack or healthy granola bars, but if you look at the ingredients in many/most of them – yuck! I have posted about making your own granola bars (Snack On Hearty, Homemade Granola Bars | Dan Likes This!). Here is another cool and super easy way from America’s Test Kitchen on
How to Make Your Own Energy Bars
You can also include some of these yummy healthy ingredients: Easy Ways to Give Any Meal a Powerful Nutritional Boost | Dan Likes This!
To go the extra mile, make your own fuel.
By Lindsey Slack | April 25, 2013
My boyfriend is a run-o-holic. Whether he’s running a half marathon or 20 miles, the man can’t seem to get enough. I’ve always believed that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, which is why I’m all about supporting him in his racing endeavors. And when it comes to athletic abilities, the quality of what you put into your body affects what you’re able to put out. But it’s difficult to find store-bought energy or performance bars that aren’t filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce and that don’t taste artificial, so I got to thinking: Could I make a healthier (and better tasting) version? The answer is yes, and they couldn’t be easier.
STEP #1 GATHER IT
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. And it’s no-bake!
STEP #2 LINE IT
Lining the baking dish with a parchment-paper sling makes lifting the completed bars out of the pan much easier. You simply pull up on the overhanging bits of paper and the bars come right out.
STEP #3 COMBINE IT
Pour all of the ingredients into the food processor.
STEP #4 PULSE IT
Pulse the pitted dates, sunflower seeds, raw almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and coconut oil until they’re well mixed, about 2 minutes.
STEP #5 TRANSFER IT
Scoop the processed ingredients into the lined baking dish.
STEP #6 PRESS IT
Press the mixture down with your hand or an offset spatula from edge to edge of the pan. Make sure the thickness is even all the way across.
STEP #7 CHILL AND LIFT IT
Once you’ve chilled the bars in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, lift them up and out of the pan.
STEP #8 CUT IT
Cut the mixture into nine equally sized pieces.
STEP #9 EAT IT
Your bar is ready to grab and go; bring it with you on a run for a mid-workout refuel, or enjoy it in the comfort of your kitchen.
The whole recipe is here:
Makes 9 bars
6 ounces pitted dates (1 cup)
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup whole raw almonds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
¾ cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1. Line 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving excess hanging over the sides to make a sling.
2. Process all ingredients in food processor until finely ground, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish spread into even layer, pressing down using offset spatula or hand to firmly compress. Transfer to refrigerator and chill until mixture is firm, about 20 minutes.
3. Lift parchment sling out of baking dish and place on cutting board. Using sharp knife, cut into 9 bars. Bars can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen up to 1 month.
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