14 Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

14 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

Energy bars are a convenient, on-the-go snack to toss in your gym bag, but they can be full of added sugar and other not-so-desirable ingredients. Plus, they’re not exactly cheap. These recipes are healthy, quick (all it takes is a quick spin in the food processor) and mostly no-bake. Freeze your homemade creations — with a variety of nuts, seeds, fruit, and grains — for a later date, or pack the freshly made bars in a Ziploc bag for a portable breakfast or mid-morning snack.

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14 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes to Make Now

No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bar Recipe

1. No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bar
It may look like dessert, but guess what? This energy bar passes for breakfast, too. The 15-minute no-bake recipe pairs a nutty oatmeal base with a fruity chia seed-studded raspberry jam. Consider this your healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber and antioxidants. Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

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Apple Pie Granola Energy Bar Recipe

2. Apple Pie Granola Bars
Nothing’s sweeter than apple pie. So when it comes to healthy snacks, this take on the classic American dessert scales back the sweetness to just five grams of sugar per bar. You’ll still nail the flavor, though, thanks to chucks of dried apple, pecans, toasted oats and cinnamon. Photo and Recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Chocolate Cashew Almond Energy Bars

3. Chocolate, Cashew and Almond Bars
Now tell us this doesn’t look like dessert. Dates and cashews make up the base of this bar, while cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut and vanilla add decadence (without all the guilt). If you have trouble finding moist, soft dates (oftentimes they’re pretty dry), soak them overnight in water before tossing in the food processer. And don’t forget to remove the pits if they’re still in there! Photo and Recipe: Angie / seasaltwithfood

Homemade Larabars Recipe

4. 3-Ingredient Homemade Larabars
Not jazzed about spending $2-$3 for a store-bought bar? Make ’em yourself! These Larabar-inspired snacks require just three simple ingredients: nuts, medjool dates and dried fruit. Promise: This energy bar recipe is worth breaking out the food processor for! Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

Apricot and Cashew Energy Bars

5. Apricot and Cashew Bars
For a tropical treat, try these scrumptious bars made with apricots, cashews and unsweetened coconut. Rolled oats and hemp seeds, packed with omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, hold all the ingredients together. If you don’t have agave syrup on hand, honey works too. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch

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Goji Berry Energy Bars

6. Goji Berry Bars
The stars of these bars are dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds and goji berries. If you’ve never dabbled in goji territory, they are tiny red berries (usually sold dry) full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Cocoa nibs — tiny pieces of the cocoa bean — complete the recipe with an extra boost of antioxidants, plus a rich and tangy crunch.  Photo and Recipe: Marie / citronlimette

Fig and Walnut Energy Bars

7. Fig and Walnut Energy Bars 
We can’t think of a better way to deliver nature’s candy — in this case, dried cranberries, Turkish figs and apricots. Make a big batch of these hearty bars and you’ll be set on healthy snacks for up to 10 days. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

8. Apple Cinnamon Bars
Full of fall flavor, these bars mix pecans, oats, dates, cinnamon, granny smith apples and just a touch of salt. Bake the pecans before pulsing in the food processor for a more robust, roasted flavor. if you’d like these bars a little extra spicy, don’t be afraid to go to town on the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Photo and Recipe: Alexandra / Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

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PB & J Energy Bars

9. PB & J Bars
Swap the elementary school staple for a healthier, grown-up snack that pays homage to the classic PB & J. Dates and dried cranberries stand in for the jam, while natural peanut butter (choose one without added sugars or oils) and whole almonds bring on the nuttiness. At 200 calories per bar, this snack is a real class act. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch

Kamut Dark Chocolate Energy Bars

10. Kamut Dark Chocolate Energy Bars
Chocolate and coconut get dressed up with Kamut, an ancient grain packed with protein and B vitamins, believed to help us feel energized. Don’t freak out about the prunes, though. The dried up fruit isn’t just for Grams and Gramps — they’re full of fiber that everyone can put to good use. Photo and Recipe: Selena / HealthBean

Rise and Shine Energy Bars

11. Rise and Shine Bars
Get up and at ‘em with these gluten-free crunch bars. Puffed brown rice cereal provides a lower calorie base than most store-bought bars, while flax seeds, pine nuts, pecans and dried cranberries add healthy fats and antioxidants. To make these bars even healthier, ditch the brown sugar in favor of honey. Photo and Recipe: Meg / Beard & Bonnet

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Pomegranate Quinoa Bars

12. Pomegranate Quinoa Bars
These bars pack a medley of healthy ingredients, from flaxseed powder to pomegranate seeds to protein-packed hemp seed powder. Need more incentive to try these out? Instead of oats or puffed rice, this recipe relies on the complete protein, quinoa, to complete each bar. Note: These are best frozen and enjoyed quickly before they get too soft. Photo and Recipe: Annie Taylor Chen / Vegan Ann

Five Seed Bars

13. Five Seed Bars
These bars are super seedy — times five! Made with chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and poppy seeds, there’s plenty of flavor — and fiber — rolled into these no-bake bars. Add in coconut, dates and cocoa powder, and we’ll be looking forward to these all week long. Photo and Recipe: Renee / Nourish Your Roots

Raspberry Bars

14. Whole-Grain Raspberry Energy Bars
These wholesome breakfast bars are filled with fiber from oats, flax seeds and raspberries. They’re also packed with wheat germ, the nutrient-rich embryo of the wheat kernel that is removed during the refining process. Enjoy a bar with a cup of yogurt for a heart-healthy morning meal. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Originally published August 2013. Updated July 2016.