Energy bars, granola bars and power bars are everywhere these days. From your local grocery store to your local gas station, these are positioned as a healthy grab-and-go snack. They can be great additions to a healthy eating plan. However, the cost and sometimes additional artificial ingredients and preservatives are a downside to store-bought bars. If you have the ingredients on hand and 5 minutes, these are the simplest, yet most delicious homemade energy bars you can make. And there is no baking required, so even little ones can help to make them. I love that the ingredients are simple and each one shines through and adds it’s own depth to the bar. Feel free to change the add-ins to whatever dried fruits, nuts and seeds strike your fancy. I have tried many different versions and they all disappear from my kitchen faster than any store-bought version I’ve ever purchased. They are great additions to lunch boxes now that school is back in session. Just pack them with an ice pack, as they get quite soft if left at room temperature for an extended period.
- ½ cup almond butter, such as Justin's (sub other nut butter to your liking)
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 T coconut oil
- 1 cup oats (I like organic quick oats)
- 1 cup TOTAL of any combination of add-ins: I used ¼ cup chopped pecans, ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds and ¼ cup dried cherries
- pinch of sea salt (optional, but recommended)
- In a small saucepan, melt together the nut butter, honey and coconut oil over gentle heat. Remove from heat and add one cup of oats. Choose your favorite combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to equal a total of ONE CUP. Pour in your add-ins and stir well to incorporate all the ingredients. Spread the mixture into an 8x8 pan and top with a pinch of sea salt. Chill for 1-2 hours, then cut into bars. These can be individually wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator for an easy, grab-and-go, all natural, homemade snack!