5 Homemade Snack Bars for Energy on the Move

homemade snack bars

Snack bars are a great item to have on hand when that mid-day craving or hunger hits, however store-bought versions are often more of a glorified candy bar than a healthy snack option. The below homemade snack bars are all made from wholesome ingredients and contain just the right balance of nutrients to provide you with the energy and fuel you are looking for.

Oat and Honey Granola Bars

Oat and Honey Granola Bars

Oat and Honey Granola Bars

Makes 12 bars

These oat and honey bars are the perfect granola bar. Made from wholesome oats, whole wheat pastry flour and with no refined sugars, these bars are perfectly crunchy with just the right amount of honey for sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup brown rice cereal
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, rice cereal, baking soda and salt.
  3. Combine honey, coconut oil and vanilla in another bowl, then pour over dry mixture.
  4. Using your hands or a large spoon, toss mixture together until everything is well combined. Spread into baking pan, pressing down firmly into an even layer.
  5. Bake bars for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and press down on bars again. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before lifting bars out of the pan by the parchment paper.
  6. Let bars cool completely before slicing into 12 bars. Store in air tight container.
Super Seed Energy Bars

Super Seed Energy Bars

Super Seed Energy Bars

Makes 8 bars

These super seed energy bars pack a nutritional punch thanks to all of the superfood ingredients! From chia seeds to quinoa, these bars are a nice break from the traditional granola bar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup quinoa, uncooked and dry
  • ½ cup peanut butter, natural
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped [optional]

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, chia seeds, quinoa, walnuts, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the honey and peanut butter. Microwave it for a few seconds if needed to make it easier to stir. Pour over dry mixture and stir with a large wooden spoon to incorporate.
  4. Dump mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press down evenly. Bake for 15 minutes or until top begins to brown slightly.
  5. Allow bars to cool and then remove from the pan using the parchment paper. Slice into 8 bars.
Crispy Protein Bars

Crispy Protein Bars

Crispy Protein Bars

Makes 8 bars

Like a rice crispy treat with a healthy twist, these crispy protein bars make for a delicious and nutritious homemade snack bar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice crispies
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Toss together the brown rice crispies, oat flour, sea salt and protein powder in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the almond butter, vanilla extract, coconut oil and maple syrup until combined. Pour over the dry mixture and stir well.
  3. Pour mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish. Press down firmly. It’s ok if you squish the crispies, you want everything to stick together well.
  4. Place the chocolate chips into a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir until smooth and pour over the bars, evenly distributing the chocolate so that it covers the entire pan.
  5. Place bars into the fridge for one hour to set. Once chocolate has hardened, slice into 8 bars.
No Bake Chocolate Almond Energy Bars

No Bake Chocolate Almond Energy Bars

No Bake Chocolate Almond Energy Bars

Makes 8 bars

Looking for a grain free homemade snack bar option? Made from roasted almonds and dates, these chocolate almond energy bars are no-bake, refined sugar free and made without any grains or gluten.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds, roasted
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor. Process on high until mixture comes together.
  2. Pulse in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press dough into parchment-lined 9×5 loaf pan. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill.
  4. Remove pan from freezer and slice into bars. Bars can be stored in the fridge until ready to eat.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Makes 8 bars

These protein bars are the perfect craving buster! With a flavor and texture similar to raw cookie dough, these bars are the perfect solution for that afternoon sugar craving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix together until smooth and everything is well incorporated.
  3. Press dough into baking dish. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and slice into bars.
  4. Store bars in the fridge until ready to eat.

Now you can make your own homemade snack bars any time you need without fear of added sugars, artificial chemicals or other harmful ingredients!