Wellness Energy Bars

I am more excited about this recipe than I have been about almost any other post until now. For months, I have been playing around with recipes to make a homemade, kid-approved, easy to make, all natural, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, portable energy bar that isn’t too messy. After months of trial and error (mainly error) and a messy kitchen, I stumbled upon a recipe that is not only easy to make, but tastes great and meets all of my other requirements (and they cost less to make than conventional energy bars too).

Why make an energy bar, you ask? There are so many already out there to choose from! There are several problems really… (a) many of these bars contain fillers, chemicals and artificial flavorings, and (b) these bars have to be shipped and stored on a shelf, so they must contain preservatives.

Don’t believe me? Here is the list of ingredients from Clif Bar’s own website for their Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar:

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Rolled Oats, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Almond Butter, Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Fig Paste, Cocoa, ClifCrunch® (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Sea Salt, Natural Flavors.

Besides the fact that the word “soy” appears on that label five times, the first ingredient is brown rice syrup. If the first ingredient is a concentrated, high-carbohydrate syrup that is made from a grain, the rest can’t be good!

I looked for better options, but most bars have a similar ingredient list to this one. Powerbar had almost the same ingredients, as did Clif’s other products. Check your favorite bar and let me know what is in it! I did find one bar that was pretty good, the Larabar. Unfortunately, Larabars are rather expensive, and being a do-it-yourselfer, I wanted to figure out a homemade version anyway. The end result is an improvement on the Larabar, in my opinion.

This recipe is incredibly easy to make, takes very little time, has countless variations and has few ingredients. Kids love it and it can be a great alternative to the snacks that kids usually get!

Without further ado…

Wellness Bar Wellness Energy Bars

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Wellness Energy Bars
 
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A simple and healthy meal on the go bar that is similar to a Cashew Lara Bar.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 6+
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup nuts (cashews, almonds, etc) Reminder: peanuts are not nuts!
  • ¼ cup whole dates (remove pits)-about 3 large dates
  • ¼ cup raisins (or more dates)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put nuts into food processor (or Vitamix) and chop until in small pieces. Remove and put in bowl.
  2. Put dates and raisins (any combination of the two that equals ½ cup total) into the food processor and pulse until playdough consistency. It will start to clump together when it is done.
  3. Mix the two ingredients by hand until well incorporated and the consistency of stiff playdough or cookie dough. (You can do this all in the food processor also)
  4. Roll between two sheets of wax paper to a ½ inch thickness and cut into bars. (Or make it really easy and just roll into energy balls!)
  5. Wrap in wax paper, plastic wrap or snack size ziploc bags (or glass containers if you aren't giving to kids) and store in fridge until ready to use.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Uses for the Wellness Bar: Fast on the go meal, delicious snack for kids, easy dessert, camping or hiking food, energy bar for sustained workouts, and non-messy food for roadtrips. Let me know what you think!

Reader Comments

  1. Audrey 'Huss' Charba says

    Made another batch of “energy balls” this afternoon:
    1/2 c shredded coconut
    1 c soaked/dried almonds chopped finely in processor
    1.5 c raisins–chopped in processor
    1T warm coconut oil

    Dried Apricots and cashews with coconut is yummy too!

  2. D =) says

    Even better-tasting than I had hoped…it’s amazing that there’s not any added sugar/honey. Really excellent and just in time for a weekend sports’ meet. Thanks so much for sharing! =)

  3. Ryandkels says

    These look less messy than mine – I always accidentally add too much coconut oil (I’m too lazy to measure precisely). I love to add shredded coconut and cocoa powder too – I feel like I’m eating a candy bar!

  4. Swedishmilkmaid91 says

    Just made these without a food processor, with raw walnuts, but added 3 more dates, a tablespoon of shredded coconut and another tablespoon of milled flax seed! they are so yummy!!! :) I was going to add the cinnamon but forgot! oops, any chance to use cinnamon I go for. Cant wait to garb one before or after my dance classes or a bike ride. :)

  5. Birdscotsong says

    I just found your blog and I am literally in love with it. It is “my face” really :))) Thank you for your generosity, go on sharing your knowledge.

  6. Michelle says

    Hi, this is a great site! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Someone else asked about soaking nuts. Not sure, maybe I missed the post (am new here), but is there more info about it? I’m pretty much “scared” of eating nuts now.. How does one soak and dry nuts without a dehydrator?  I live in the Netherlands and things go VERY different around here.. Sigh..

  7. Emily says

    I recently found your blog, and I decided to make these for my husband b/c he takes “fiber” bars for breakfast each day.  Unfortunately (well, not exactly) my 2 daughters can’t stop eating them.  My 2 year old keeps asking for more candy bar.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge & your mission.

  8. Dotty says

    These are really good.  Ds was away from home for a while and started eating Clif bars.  I think I talked him out of that and some bread with lots of soy in it.  If I keep something like this around when I have enough of the ingredients, it should help.  

  9. Toni says

    I love Larabars and have made some of my own before, but aren’t dates a high G. I. food and spike your blood sugar?  Or are these Ok to eat sometimes? 

      • Bethany Nash says

        Even though it has a high fiber content which slows sugar processing down, it may not be good for someone managing their diabetes with pills, in reference to sugar spikes. My solution to that is eating smaller amounts at a time so your body doesn’t have as much to process. So if you are worried about sugar spikes, eat smaller amounts and you are not ingesting as much sugar. If your body processes sugar properly, the fiber content should help even out the natural sugars, unlike a processed candy bar.

  10. Mazaltaj says

    I also just discovered your site and can’t wait to get to more of it.  (I started with the link to toothpaste.)  I eat a VERY low carb diet at the moment (am pregnant, and it’s the only way I keep from feeling sick), and I’m fine with it, but figuring out ways to get my children to eat this way is more of a challenge.  Anyway, I naturally went to the bar recipe first hoping to help with the latter.  My first thought was that all that dried fruit seemed extremely high sugar to me.  And given all the “yummy” comments, it seems that is probably what people are reacting to and probably what would make it hard to ear these sparingly, as “a sometimes food.”

  11. Tammy Carroll says

    These are fabulous!! I made them as power balls this morning….my 4 year old and 20 month old loved these! I used macadamian nuts instead of almonds (we make macadamian butter…..ahhhh….delist!) and added non sweetened coconut…thank you, thank you for this awesome recipe!

  12. Girlwholovestheworld says

    I used a few dried dates and that worked pretty well too. AlsoI used almonds and walnuts and the cinnamon makes it super yummy. I didn’t soak the nuts either, not sure why you would need to.

  13. Shines4u says

    I made these, very good. A different departure from my usual ones made with peanut butter. Only made about 12 and I doubled the recipe. Is this right? Thanks for the idea! I added chia seeds and coconut oil.

  14. Laura says

    I’m looking forward to eating these after making them… but I have a question first.  The dates, are they the dried pitted dates?  or fresh dates?  I bought dried ones that are still soft..  thoughts?

  15. jud says

    thanks for the great work. I love your creativity and tenacity.
    I loved you coconut cream recipe.
    As a person who must refrain from Gluten, I would like to comment, that when you include any grains in your receipes, they should not be called gluten-free. Oats, barley, rye, spelt, etc. contain gluten!!!! adn even Teff contains a form of gluten.
    Millet, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Rice, don’t contain gluten.
    keep on doing the good work!!!

  16. says

    How about shredded carrots? Suggestion for improving the protein. I am 20 weeks pregnant, and find it hard to get enough protein. I am rarely hungry and have been resorting to goats milk and instant breakfast. I have also been having debilitating sinus migrains daily. As a result my house is destroyed….

  17. Cygus says

    Also try this: make a carob dip for the bars. take a few tablespoons coconut oil and a few tablespoons carob (i usually take carob to coconut oil in a 1:2 ratio) add some stevia and vanilla essence and some trace mineral drops along with essential oil of your choice – (we love peppermint). Melt coconut oil. add other ingredients. let cool slightly and then pour over the bars..put in fridge to set.. they will last anywhere coconut oil stays stable in room temp. Its not that hot here in South africa so we keep them in a drawer in an airtight container with no problems. Love your website. Keep the recipes coming!

  18. Irene Tiger says

    Dee-lish! I’ve been experimenting with different types of nuts and fruits with these and I love ‘em! I went to an anime convention last weekend and I brought a whole bunch with me and they kept me going like you wouldn’t believe!

  19. Emma says

    What’s everyone’s thoughts on Rice Malt Syrup? I know it is made from a grain (so that is why I am asking this question), but it is free from fructose making it a great natural sweetener alternative to honey which is higher in fructose levels. I have been loving my natural raw honey lately and have been using it guilt-free in cooking (loving Katie’s home made chocolate) and sweetening my morning yoghurt, but now I’m not sure I should be so “guilt free” with it and maybe I should still keep track of how much I am consuming… thoughts anyone?

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