Energy bars are a staple at our house. I eat them after workouts, for a snack, sometimes I eat one for breakfast if I’m in a huge rush. If you buy the right ones, they can be a great source of protein without adding too much sugar or fat onto your diet. The problem? Well, all of the less expensive ones we find at the supermarket are more like glorified candy bars, and I don’t have the money to throw out onto the really healthy, tasty, expensive ones.
Thankfully, there’s a lot of recipes for energy bars out there! Did you know you can make your own that taste better, are better for you, and only cost a couple cents each to make? I mean, it’s really worth the investment of time and money if you’re an energy bar junkie like me. Here’s some of the best recipes out there.
Cliff Bar Copycat
I’m a huge sucker for a cliff bar. Unfortunately, they cost over a dollar each where I live. When I found this copycat recipe it was such a game changer! This recipe tastes exactly like a cliff bar, it’s so tasty and so good for you. Give it a try! Get the recipe here.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
Okay but who isn’t game for something that’s healthy and tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough? This is a great recipe. It makes six bars, and the bars are made with coconut flour and soy protein powder, which makes them a great choice for a post-workout snack! Get the recipe here.
No-Bake Workout Bar
This recipe combines rolled oats, protein power, chocolate chips, chia seeds, raisins, peanut butter, coconut milk, and honey to make the tastiest post-workout bar ever. If you’re a fan of Larabars, this is a great alternative. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars
This is an easy recipe. All you need are some coconut flakes, coconut oil, vanilla protein powder, water, dark chocolate chips, and a blender. It’s a great recipe to make if you’re in a rush and don’t have a lot of time, but still want to have something to eat post-workout during the week. These bars are gloriously coconut-y, and they’re sure to supply your body with the protein you need. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate Cherry Almond Snack Bars
These energy bars are more of a KIND bar copycat. They’re really chunky, with bits of almonds, cherries, and mini chocolate chips held together with almond meal, almond butter, your choice of honey or rice syrup, and vanilla extract. You could probably mix in some protein powder for an extra boost of protein if you wanted! Get the recipe here.
Banana Caramel No-Bake Energy Bars
These bars are so sticky and delicious, how could you not love them? They’re also easily to customize with extra protein powder or any other fruit or chocolate chips that you might want to add. All it takes is half of a ripe banana, some dates, cashews, flax seeds, and white chocolate chips. Get the recipe here.
So there you have it, six amazing energy bar recipes. Making your own energy bars is a great way to save money on your grocery bills. Plus, they’re so customizable that you can make any flavor you want! You can store your bars in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Be as fancy as you want. I like to wrap mine in wax paper with ribbons or twine, just because it’s nice to have something that looks so pretty and special as a post-workout reward.
Armed with these recipes, why would you ever go back?