In the midst of marathon training and exploring the hiking trails of New England, I am always looking for a small portable snack that will fuel my active lifestyle. Most of the granola bars that you buy from the store are filled with mostly sugar, leading to a short spike in energy followed by an abrupt crash. Why buy bars with a ton of unknown ingredients when you can make them yourself?
This is my first recipe using dates, which is similar to a raisin and helps bind together the bars and provide the sweetness. They are easy to spot at trader joe’s in the nuts/dried fruit section. Everything else you most likely have already in your kitchen. Recipe and pictures are courtesy of hummasapien. I originally found this recipe from the Greatist e-mail subscription, that sends me healthy. easy recipes, lifestyle tips and fitness workouts. This one was easy DIY energy bar recipes.
Prep time– 20 minutes
Freezer time– 2 hours
- 9 large dates (make sure you take the pits out!)
- 1 ripe medium banana
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Line an 8×8 inch pan with plastic wrap and set aside. To help the parchment paper stick, you can spray the pan with cooking spray first.
- Blend dates, banana and vanilla in a large food processor or blender for about a minute, or until smooth. Add walnuts, almonds, ¾ cup of the oats, flaxseed, and cinnamon and blend for another minute or two, or until fairly smooth.
- Scrape down the sides and add in the other ¼ cup of oats and protein powder. Process for another minute or until the mixture is well combined. It will be very thick and sticky.
- Spoon mixture into prepared pan. With wet hands, flatten in pan until it looks fairly even throughout.
- Place pan in freezer for at least 2-3 hours. Remove from freezer and slice into 8 bars.
- Store bars in freezer–they can be eaten directly from the freezer without thawing.