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When I created this recipe, I was more excited about it than I had been about almost any other post. I played around with recipes to make an easy, homemade, kid-approved, all-natural, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, portable energy bar that wasn’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.

Since creating my original Wellness Bar, I’ve also come up with a couple of other varieties. I sometimes make chia seed energy bars or chocolate coconut energy bars instead. Both are tasty, simple, and packed with nutrients.

Why Make an Energy Bar, You Ask?

I know, there are already so many out there to choose from. The problem is, I’m not really a fan of the ingredients in most of them. There are several problems really. Many of them contain fillers, chemicals, and artificial flavorings. Also, since they have to be shipped and stored on a shelf, they usually 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” (an ingredient I avoid) appears on that label five times, the first ingredient is brown rice syrup. On a food label, ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. If the first ingredient is a concentrated, high-carbohydrate syrup that is made from a grain, that’s a problem!

I looked for better options, but most bars have a similar ingredient list to this one. Check your favorite bar and see 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 Larabar, in my opinion.

Making a Wellness Energy Bar

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

To make the bars just chop some almonds, then use a food processor (a mini one works best) to puree some dates and raisins, and mix it all together with a dash of cinnamon. Roll it out and cut it into bars or roll it into balls for energy bites.

While the original recipe calls for almonds, dates, and raisins, you can change up the fruit and nut combination to better suit your tastes.

Ways to enjoy the Wellness Bar:

  • Fast on-the-go meal
  • Delicious snack for kids
  • Easy dessert
  • Camping or hiking food
  • Energy bar for sustained workouts
  • Non-messy food for road trips.

I recently saw a recipe for energy bites rolled in shredded coconut, which would make them a little less sticky and easier to transport. Maybe I’ll give it a try with my recipe…

Prefer to Buy It Rather Than Make It?

I know that life is busy. Sometimes I just don’t have time to make everything. When that happens, it’s nice to know where I can buy ready-made products that are still healthy and tasty. Here are a few sources for packaged energy bars that use great, real-food ingredients:

  • Kion – cocoa nibs, coconut, and baby quinoa — mmmm!
  • Paleo Valley (their meat sticks are also delicious)
  • Steve’s – dark chocolate espresso bars — need I say more?

Wellness Energy Bars Recipe

A simple and healthy meal-on-the-go bar that is similar to a Cashew Lara Bar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Calories 77kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • In a food processor, chop the nuts into fine pieces.
  • Remove and put in bowl.
  • In the food processor, puree the dates and raisins (or any combination of the two that equals ½ cup total) until they become the consistency of playdough. It will start to clump together when it is done.
  • Add the fruit paste and cinnamon to the chopped nuts and mix them by hand.
  • Roll the mixture between two sheets of wax paper to ½ inch thickness.
  • Cut into bars. Or make it really easy and just roll into energy balls!
  • Wrap in wax paper, plastic wrap, or snack size ziploc bags (or glass containers if you aren’t giving to kids) and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Wellness Energy Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


You can swap out the almonds for another type of nuts if you prefer (or seeds if you have a nut allergy) and the raisins for a different dried fruit.

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These healthy wellness energy bars are a mix of dates and nuts with any customizable flavor combinations for a delicious grain free snack.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


63 responses to “Wellness Energy Bars”

  1. Rita Avatar

    What would you suggest to use for a substitute for the the dates? I have a daughter that is sensitive to dates.

  2. Sarah B. Avatar

    I need to make something similar to this with more protein content for a child with specific needs.. I know RX bars use some type of egg white.. Thoughts on how to do this? Do you have any other recipes you recommend? Having something that is a bar is ideal.. Actual meals at breakfast is too hard for my kid. He loves Lara bars.. but not enough protein. Thoughts?

  3. Steve Avatar

    I’m into preparing a little bit. I have a food freeze dryer from harvest right. Would the wellness energy bars produce a long term energy bar that would last several years.

  4. Levi Avatar

    5 stars
    I think KIND bars are okay. I checked the ingredients and they looked okay.

  5. Vikki Avatar

    Question: recipe stats say 5 min prep and 10 min cook time. Do you bake these at all? Thanks!

  6. Marisa Avatar

    Any way you can make these without a food processor? I have a CHEAP blender I want to throw away, and no money to purchase anything. Thank you for any ideas.

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