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Delicious homemade energy bars filled with nuts, dried fruit and oats.

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

When I walk through the “snack” aisle at the grocery store, there are tons of varieties of energy bars. I have tried several that I enjoy, and a few that – well – I didn’t. I thought to myself, that these are such a basic food, why not make them myself? These make great snacks as well as a grab-and-go breakfast!

My version uses the things that I love, and is flexible enough that it can be made a few different ways. I’ll share some of those tips below.

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

On a baking sheet, spread out 2 cups of rolled oats.

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Coarsely chop a cup of walnuts {or pecans or cashews – whichever you prefer}.

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Sprinkle the chopped nuts as well as 2 tablespoons of flax seeds over the oats. Bake for 8 minutes.

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Sprinkle three tablespoons of unsweetened, flaked coconut over the top of the hot ingredients. Bake one minute longer.

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Once they are done baking for the final minute, remove them from the oven and turn the heat down to 300 degrees.

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While the ingredients are toasting, in a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup of honey and a third of a cup of fresh peanut butter. {You can also use cashew or almond butter in place of the peanut butter}

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Add in a tablespoon of coconut oil.

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Melt those together over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it is melted, turn off the heat and stir in a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.

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Pour your toasted goodies into a mixing bowl.

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Add in a half cup of dried cranberries and a half cup of golden raisins. {You can also use dried dates or regular raisins}

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Add in 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds {or pumpkin seeds}.

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{If you like, add in a half cup of chocolate chips}

Add in your honey mixture and stir it all together.

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Pour the mixture into a 9×9 baking dish that is lined with parchment paper.

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Press the mixture firmly into the pan. Really pack it down, you don’t want your bars to fall apart!

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Bake for 20 minutes or until just golden. Cool the bars in the pan, until completely cooled. This is very important. If you take these out before they are 100% cool your bars will fall apart.

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Once they are cooled, lift them out of the pan with the paper, and cut into bars or squares.

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy!

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Yield: 16

Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bars from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Delicious homemade energy bars filled with nuts, dried fruit and oats.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1 c coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tb flax seeds
  • 3 Tb unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ c honey
  • ⅓ c fresh peanut butter
  • 1 Tb coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ c dried cranberries
  • ½ c golden raisins
  • ⅓ c sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, spread out the rolled oats. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts and flax seeds over the oats. Bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the coconut flakes over the top of the hot ingredients.
  4. Bake one minute longer.
  5. Once they are done baking for the final minute, remove them from the oven and turn the heat down to 300 degrees.
  6. While the ingredients are toasting, in a small saucepan combine the honey, fresh peanut butter and coconut oil.
  7. Melt those together over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it is melted, turn off the heat and stir in a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.
  8. Pour your toasted goodies into a mixing bowl.
  9. Add in the dried cranberries, golden raisins and sunflower seeds.
  10. Add in your honey mixture and stir it all together.
  11. Pour the mixture into a 9×9 baking dish that is lined with parchment paper.
  12. Press the mixture firmly into the pan. Really pack it down, you don’t want your bars to fall apart!
  13. Bake for 20 minutes or until just golden.
  14. Cool the bars in the pan, until completely cooled. This is very important. If you take these out before they are 100% cool your bars will fall apart.
  15. Once they are cooled, lift them out of the pan with the paper, and cut into bars or squares.
  16. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
  17. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and estimated by a service called Nutritionix. That is a web-based nutritional calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If the nutritional information is vital to you please verify it using your favorite trusted source.

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41 thoughts on “Homemade Energy Bars”

  1. These were easy to make and turned out great. Next time I will add just a bit more honey and some cinnamon. Right now I’m eating them with a thin layer of honey on top and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon – they’re really good!

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  2. Constance, we are so on the same wavelength! I love everything about the bars you posted, especially the coconut oil because that is exactly what I was craving when I made my bar version. I’ll *have* to try yours–saving and sharing this, dear!

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  3. Mmm! I’m going to have to try these…minus the raisins…cuz eww, I hate them >< Pinning this for later so I can make them once my HHG arrives! (I'm gonna be baking and cooking a week strait once it gets here lol).

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  4. Your energy bars sound wonderful and I do intend on making them…..I have made similar ones from another blog on here , but just wasn’t all that happy with them…..seems they never get firm….I don’t like them rock hard, but I do like for them to stay together…..so looking forward to trying your recipe …..

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  5. I was really shocked to discover all the processed ingredients in so many shop-bought ‘health bars’ – your homemade ones look so much better, tastier and full of goodness! They’re so sweet packaged up as well – I am definitely going to try making some!

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  6. Maybe you should market your energy bars, Conni. Between the healthful components of flax seed and coconut oil (Alzheimer fighters) and yummy PB, I do believe you have a winner! (Do you know about ABC’s Shark Tank show?)

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