Make Your Own No Bake Energy Bars For A Fraction Of The Cost

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No bake energy balls

Did you realize how easy it is to make a good tasting, nutritious and inexpensive no-bake energy bites or bars? You can make your own no-bake energy bar for a fraction of the cost of store bought ones. With so many options in the stores these days, which ones do you get anyhow? How about you try this simple recipe and you may not have to spend so much money anymore every time you are needing a quick energy bite on the go. Give it a try and let me know what add ins you like best.

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For me, having a good quality, satisfying on the go meal or snake option is almost a must. I don't want to have to stop and get something every time I need that afternoon pick me up or even for the morning while we are running out. It is nice to have something I can prepare at the beginning of the week and it will last. These no-bake energy bars, rolls or bites is just that. Once you make the batter, you can make the individual pieces whenever you want and it will last for a while. Just don't add water. Lead it the way it is until you are ready to enjoy them.

I first learned about the ‘basic recipe’ using these main ingredients:

  • Rolled oats (organic and gluten free when possible)
  • Peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • Honey (raw when possible)

That’s it. You will get your hands a bit sticky, but I don’t mind. That’s part of the fun of making it. This combination, with 1 part oats to ½ part peanut butter and ⅓ part honey, is a great starting point. From here, however, I had fun with it and have since tried what is now my favorite combination.

Alternative suggestion:

  • Rolled oats
  • Figs - blended
  • Sunflower butter (no sugar added when possible)
  • Honey

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In this case, the figs and sunflower butter more than cover the sweetness factor. The honey is mostly there to help everything stick together. It works great as an ‘adhesive’. You may be surprised to know that you do not have to cook the rolled oats. They soften nicely after blending with the other ingredients and sitting for at least 4 hrs. I don’t always wait that long to enjoy them, but you will find the oats are softer after that.

I simply blend a good handful of figs in the blender and mix them with the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. I may use about the same proportions as above with slightly less honey in this case. I only add what is needed to hold everything together. I add a little honey first and mix everything together and add a little more if needed.

Of course, as always with me, the add ins are what make it. Chocolate is a must in most of my energy bars, just as in my really good granola or trail mix. But, there are other flavor combinations that work really well as well. Try any of these combination suggestions below.

  1. Classic - dark chocolate chunks, sliced nuts (almonds work great), seeds and/or raisins or cranberries.
  2. Health nut - crushed flax or chia seeds, blended nuts, shredded coconut.
  3. Fruity - dried apple, pineapple, apricot, and/or other fruit mixed with sliced nuts.

When you have the main ingredients you choose all mixed together in a large mixing bowl, being careful not to loose any as you mix it around, that’s when you include the add ins and mixed everything all together. You may want to use one of the add in items as a ‘coating’. In this case, instead of mixing it into the batter, simply ‘roll’ the ball, bar or bite in that ingredient after you have formed them.

Which brings you to the fun part, forming the actual shape you want. I go with balls usually, as they are simple enough to make. Bars, square bits or whatever you want to have fun with works just fine. The taste and energy will come through regardless of the shape, of course. Store them in a cool, dry covered place, in or out of the frig. Try them in the freezer as well, taking them out about a few hours before enjoying for a dessert treat.

Take a few with you during the day and you are armed for whenever that energy low or hunger hits you. This will hold you over between meals or could even make a great breakfast on the go. There is no shame in having some good homemade energy bars for your morning meal. You can feel really good about eating these which a great combination of good complex carbs, protein, good fat, and just a bit of sweetness. Yummy goodness for the whole family. Enjoy!

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