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.


Servings– 8

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)



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. With wet hands, flatten in pan until it looks fairly even throughout.
  5. Place pan in freezer for at least 2-3 hours. Remove from freezer and slice into 8 bars.
  6. Store bars in freezer–they can be eaten directly from the freezer without thawing.


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