For those extra hectic days on the run, our go-to bite in between meals is the ubiquitous energy bar. If you can relate, we’re here to let you in on a secret: It’s super easy to make your own! With a handful of ingredients customized to your liking, you can whip up a small batch to keep you going for the whole week.
Energy bars are characterized by ingredients that give you a boost when you start to feel hungry and lethargic. Below is a basic equation that’ll help you make it to dinner time minus the grumbling stomach.
Grains: 1 cup cooked quinoa or bulgur + 2 cups toasted oats
Dry components: Up to 1 cup chopped dried fruits, chopped nuts, and/or seeds
Nut butter: ¾ cup peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
Sweetener: ¾ cup honey or agave
Oil: 1 tablespoon coconut, walnut, or sunflower oil
1. Place 1 cup dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add cooked grain, toasted oats, and a pinch salt. Stir to combine.
2. In a large pan over medium-low heat, add nut butter, sweetener, and 1 tablespoon oil and cook, stirring, until fully combined, about 5 minutes. Add to bowl with dry ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly. Use your hands if you like.
3. Spread energy bar mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a smaller or larger sheet depending on how thick you want your bars to be. Using your fingers, press down to create an even layer.
4. Transfer bars to fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Cut into pieces and enjoy the boost!