Making homemade energy bars with nut butter, baking dish recommendations, food processor techniques and other bits
Ever looked at your bank account and shuddered? Maybe you had a big night out, or maybe, even more frighteningly, you discovered that the cost of everything has gone up…
Including products that keep you energised and fuelled.
Without having to cut out all buying decisions and convert your garden into a self-sustaining allotment, you can replace those expensive fuelling products for next to nothing, and learn how to make some amazing foods with a just a few energy bar recipe mixes.
Sunflower seeds, sunflower seed butter and honey, almond butter, chia seeds, dried fruit…
Imagine all of these wrapped in bar form and giving you health and natural energy output throughout the day. Oh, and they’re possibly some of the easiest food items to make.
Let’s break out the recipe book and get cooking!
Let’s take a look at one of the most classic forms of making an energy bar.
1) Gather all your ingredients. These can vary, but I’d recommend to include at least some of the ingredients listed in this breakdown.
2) Once you have your ingredients, mix pulsed almonds together with pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and oats.
3) Next, melt the peanut butter and honey (my favourite for energy bars and granola bars too). Do this in the saucepan and over a medium heat pan before mixing in with the oats.
4) Press the mixture into a baking dish and store in the fridge for 3-4 hours (you can just store it overnight with no negative impact too). Simply, cut them into bars, and you’ve got your energy!
You could look at these tips too, to help improve those recipe ratings!
- You should use quick oats for these recipes (traditional oats are a little too large and chewy!)
- Play with the mix – you could add whatever you want and to different ratios: maple syrup, chocolate chips, flax seeds, coconut oil, sesame seeds, almond butter… you get the point!
- For these bars to be truly healthy, you may want to invest in natural and organic butters. Creamy peanut butter may be tempting, but it’s nothing healthwise next to natural butters (we want your recipe to result in a healthy snack now… don’t we?).
You could add whatever you wanted but as long it’s healthy, nutritious and fulfils the goal of creating an energy bar, then it’s a tick from me. The joy isn’t just the result here either, you want to enjoy the process, so you do it all again and reap the rewards. Try to make sure your cooking environment is good, your utensils strong and your method fun for you.
Are homemade granola bars healthier than normal ones?
It completely depends on the recipe and the product. Granola can be surprisingly unhealthy so be vigilant and read the packaging.