5-Ingredient Energy Bars

Appetizers & Snacks  |  Published Mar 25, 2020  |  Updated Sep 11, 2020  |  By Tawnie

homemade granola bars on an off white plate

Nothing beats making an energy bar from scratch!

When running from one thing to the next it’s easy to rely on convenient foods or energy bars from the store. But these no-bake energy bars are so simple to make and then you’ll have 8 bars on hand to have for snacks, pre or post workouts, and breakfast.

One of the perks of making your own high-protein energy bars at home is that you’re in total control over the ingredients you add in.

This energy bar recipe was so easy and took me all of 20 minutes to put together. And the mix in’s are totally customizable.

You do need to keep the energy bars in the fridge after making to form and firm up for 2-3 hours (or overnight) so they are perfect for making before bed and enjoying with breakfast in the AM!

energy bars made with oatmeal, almonds and peanut butter

Energy bar ingredients

I couldn’t have made this energy bar recipe any easier! I wanted to create a healthy snack recipe that was super satisfying, tasted great, and kept you full. For this no-bake energy bar recipe, you’ll need:

  • Quick 1-minute oats
  • Almond butter or peanut butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Almonds
  • Optional mix ins: dried cranberries, chocolate chips, sliced dried apricots, coconut flakes, other nuts, etc.

Health benefits of nuts

It’s been proven time and time again from research the positive impact nut consumption has on our overall heart health. Nuts are tasty, convenient, and make for the perfect snack so you can easily incorporate them into your diet.

Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Folate, Copper, and phosphorus. These healthy energy bars are also rich in fiber, which adds bulk to the diet and helps you feel full longer, while aiding in digestion.

If you have an allergy to nuts (like my hubby!), try using soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter to replace the nut butters!

how to make energy bars

How to make energy bars

  1. To make this no-bake energy bar recipe, first gather all the ingredients. Then, mix the pulsed almonds, oats and cranberries in a large bowl. Melt the honey and peanut butter in a saucepan over medium heat before mixing in with the oats.
  2. Press the homemade energy bar mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish and store in the fridge for 2-3 hours (or overnight) and then cut into 8 bars! They can last up to 5 days in the fridge.
energy bars made with oatmeal, almonds and peanut butter

Are these energy bars gluten free?

If you purchase gluten-free oats or oats not processed in a facility with gluten, then yes!

Can I make these bars vegan?

Yes! To make this energy bar recipe vegan, use organic pure maple syrup instead of honey. Be sure to buy pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup (which is often made with corn syrup).

Can I freeze energy bars?

Yes, you can freeze these healthy energy bars! To do so, wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer baggie. Press out all of the air and then store in the freezer until ready to eat. They’ll stay fresh for up to 1 month in the freezer.

Tips for making energy bars

  • Quick cook oats are a must for this energy bar recipe. Old-fashioned oats are slightly too large and chewy for no-bake energy bars, and steel cut oats aren’t tasty raw.
  • I’ve said this already, but feel free to play around with the mix in’s in these bars! You can use any dried fruit in this recipe, but you’ll want to dice larger pieces of fruit like dried apples or apricots before stirring them into the energy bar mixture.
  • I prefer using all-natural nut butters for these healthy energy bars because they don’t contain added oils and sugars. But use whatever you have on hand and play around with it!
energy bars made with oatmeal, almonds and peanut butter

What kind of nut butter do you buy mostly?

homemade granola bars on an off white plate
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5-Ingredient Energy Bars

Perfect energizing snack for on the go, or pair with a piece of fruit for breakfast!
4.83 from 29 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Fridge time: 2 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 bars
Calories: 412kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds*, pulsed or roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup quick 1-minute oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)**
  • 1 cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

Mix ins:

  • 1 cup dried cranberries, dried tart cherries, chocolate chips, other dried fruits or nuts.

Instructions

  • Place almonds, oats, and cranberries (or other mix ins you want) in a medium sized bowl. Heat the honey, coconut oil and nut butter in a small saucepan over low heat until mixed. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat and almond mixture and stir together.
  • Once mixed, transfer to an 8×8-inch baking dish and flatten into a 1-inch thick square.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight or for 2-3 hours. Then, cut and store in an airtight container. Will stay good for up to 5 days in fridge. (I also like to store mine in a freezer safe baggie. When I am ready to grab a bar, I'll let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes to soften and then enjoy!)

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Notes

  • *Pulse almonds in food processor a couple times before mixing or you can roughly chop with a knife.
  • **May sub honey for maple syrup. If vegan, use organic pure maple syrup
  • ***May sub peanut butter for almond butter or your favorite nut butter.
  • I also like to break up the bars and use as granola!
  • Store bars in fridge or freezer (not in pantry or counter)
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Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 2mg

Simple, whole, nutritious ingredients! Have fun making these bars and be sure to tag @krolls_korner on social media so I can see your creations!

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josh
11 months ago

Why do you say these only are good for 5 days and shouldn’t be stored on the counter when everything in these is shelf stable products anyway? Nuts, almond/peanut butter, oil…. all these are in your pantry already…….

emiliana
1 year ago

I love it! yummy!

Enda
1 year ago

Love the simplicity of making these bars and how delicious they are. However, coconut oil isn’t particularly healthy, so can another oil containing more unsaturated fats be used instead?

Corbin
1 year ago

So happy I found this recipe! It’s so simple to follow. I have made them 4 weeks in a row now. My husband also loves them. They are filling and give last you the sweetness your looking for without guilt.

Shari
1 year ago

Easy and delicious! I used dried cranberries and 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels. Can think of many more combinations. Thank you!!

Jessie
1 year ago

I made these and they are tasty but only after did I realize how many calories are in them, 412 per bar?! That can’t be right? Please tell me it’s not. The average granola bar has about 200 calories.. if it is right, how can I make them low calorie?

Lani
1 year ago

I just found this recipe and happened to have everything on the list. Used peanut butter and like someone in the comments added some sweetened coconut. I used dried cranberries and ofc I had to taste test and omg its delicious! I’m heading out on a backpacking trip and can’t wait to snack on these along the trail! Perfect for a quick breakfast too!Thank you!!

Julian
1 year ago

Just a side note for the vegan recipe. I am not vegan, but I do have a background in the maple syrup industry. You should specify organic pure maple syrup and this is why: Boiling sap to syrup requires use of a de-foamer to keep the pans from boiling over. Traditionally, the only approved product has been an animal fat based product. The rules (for Vermont, at least) changed to allow the use of organic canola oil for the same purpose, on syrup labeled organic. So, Organic maple syrup is both organic and vegan, while traditional pure maple may have a minuscule trace of a non-organic animal fat. The de-foamers are used at a rate of a dab (1ml or so) for a pan holding hundreds of gallons of sap, so there is still no discernible trace of fat in the finished product, but veganism is based on principle.

Leah
1 year ago

Hey there! Can soy nuts and soy nut butter be used instead? I’m allergic to nuts.

Thanks!
Leah

Kristin
1 year ago

I love these bars! I made them for my husband for Christmas. They are super easy, so yummie, and it’s great that they use natural sweeteners. I added a little shredded unsweetened coconut to mine. Thanks for the marvelous recipe. 🙂

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