Energy bars are healthy to eat and make such a convenient snack. The problem is, buying individually packaged bars at the grocery store can quickly add up, even when you buy boxes of a dozen at a time. Instead of spending one to three dollars per bar, you can make your own healthy energy bars and spend under a dollar per bar.
Some energy bar recipes seem great at first glance, but on closer inspection they are full of expensive ingredients that tend to add up if you need to add too many of them. However, many of the less expensive bar recipes are missing out on the goodies like extra fiber and omega-3s. I love this recipe because it is healthy, and budget friendly. It helps me cut my grocery bills down, and it’s also quick to make!
Healthy Vanilla Coconut Bars
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup almonds
3/4 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened is best)
1/2 cup wheat germ
dash of salt and/or cinammon (optional)
2/3 cups real maple syrup, or agave
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of dried fruit of choice
Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a small pan, heat up the wet ingredients (except for the dried fruit) on low and lightly whisk them together. Next, add this mixture into your dry ingredients. Toss in your dried fruit. Press this mixture into a quarter sheet pan that has been lined with waxed paper and greased with a light layer of coconut oil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Let cool, and then cut into bar sized pieces.
Put these bars into sandwich bags for a grab-and go snack. These energy bars are kid friendly. They also make a great before bed snack, when you are in the mood for a little bit of sweetness, but want your treat to be healthy. For a bar with more sweetness (M&M’s are an ingredient!) check out our chocolaty granola bar recipe. Hope you have fun in the kitchen making these yummy snacks! Let me know how it goes in the comments below!