I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with these homemade energy bars. The kids absolutely love them and feel that they are getting treats, and I like the fact they are eating snacks filled lots of fiber, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. I make a batch of these often and they are very useful to have on hand for breakfasts, snacks and after dinner desserts.
The other great thing about these energy bars is that they are so much cheaper to make yourself than the kind you buy in stores. Even though dried fruits and nuts are generally expensive ingredients on their own, if you think about the portion size of 1 energy bar that you buy in shops then there is no comparison.
Really there is nothing you could do wrong here with the recipe. Just stick to the basic formula of roughly same amount of dried fruit to nuts/oats/seeds. Then just add other things to suit your taste. Use different combinations of ingredients based on what you like and what you have in the cupboard. If you find that the mixture is too sweet, then add more nuts or oats. If you want it more dessert-like, then add more fruit, or chocolate etc. If it looks dry (sometimes happens with oats), add 1 tsp of coconut oil or water at a time. Roll into balls or press the whole mixture down with some wax paper and cut into bars.
Here are some fun combinations that I have tried:
Chocolate Goji Berry Kiss (in feature photo above): 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder, 2 tbsp shredded coconut, 2 tbsp goji berries (soak in a little water to reconstitute, then drain water off)
Apple Crumble: 1/2 cup dates, 1/2 cup dried apples, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup mixed pepitas and sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup almond butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch salt
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 1 cup dates, 1 cup of cashews, 1/2 cup almond meal OR oats, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 tsp vanilla, pinch salt
Peanut Butter Fudge: 1 cups dates, 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup peanut butter
Coconut Tahini Crunch: 1 cup coconut, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup tahini, 1/2 cup raisins, dash vanilla, pinch cinnamon (I also added choc chips- couldn’t resist!)
Chocolate Brownie: 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
Chocolate Covered Apricots: 1/2 cup dried apricots, 1/2 cup sultanas (golden raisins), 3/4 cup cashews, 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/4 cup raw cacao powder, dash vanilla
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup raisins, pinch cinnamon