Treat yourself to a nutritious treat with these 5 healthy and delicious energy bars

Making your own energy bars is a fantastic way to avoid a last minute craving. There’s always an energy bar that will do the trick, whether you don’t have time to make breakfast, need an energy boost before your run, or are looking for a nutritious treat to eat. enjoy with your infusion. Markets today offer a wide array of bars in a number of different flavors. However, you can never be sure of the nutritional value of the ingredients. You can easily make energy bars at home. It only requires a few basic pantry items and a little time (mostly hands-off). We have listed some healthy and nutritious energy bars that you can snack on and can easily make at home. (Also read: 3 Protein Shake and Smoothie Recipes for Building Muscle )

  1. Pumpkin protein bar

(Recipe by Instagram/@rachylivesgf)


Pumpkin protein bar (istockphoto)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup if vegan)

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 tablespoons of protein powder

2 cups of oats


Method:

1. Whisk together peanut butter, pumpkin, honey and spices in a large bowl.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until a thick, sticky batter forms.

3. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and transfer the protein bar mixture to the pan.

4. Press down with a rubber spatula and smooth the top and place in the freezer for 1 hour to chill.

5. Slice into bars and enjoy cold!

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

(Recipe by Instagram/@sushi.n.squats)


Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars (istockphoto)


Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter

¾ cup vanilla protein powder

¼ cup unsweetened maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Method:

1. Combine peanut butter, protein powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt in a bowl. Mix until the dough forms.

2. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. Spread the dough on the bottom of the dish.

3. Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the dough. Spread over dough in an even layer.

4. Chill in freezer for 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Gently slice into 8-12 bars, depending on your preferred size. Add flaky sea salt on top (optional) and enjoy!


3. Strawberry Oatmeal Energy Bar

(Recipe by Instagram/@tiny.tummy.adventure)


Strawberry Oatmeal Energy Bar (istockphoto)

Ingredients:

1 cup oats (any type of oats)

1/2 cup crushed strawberries

1 tablespoon of honey

1 heaped tablespoon nut butter

Method:

1. Toast the rolled oats in a dry pan. Then, transfer it to a mixing bowl. Crush the strawberries by hand or with a pestle and mortar.


2. Add them to the oatmeal. Then add the honey and nut butter and mix well.

3. Line any container with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture, press evenly. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours. Then take it out and cut it into bars.

4. Alternative to making bars – you can also make them into laddoo/energy balls! These should be stored in the refrigerator and will be good for up to 8-10 days.

4. Dark Chocolate Granola Energy Bar

(Recipe by Instagram/sophiegraceholmes)


Dark chocolate granola energy bar (istockphoto)


Ingredients:

35g Butter

95g Honey

200g oats

80g of cranberries

30g pumpkin seeds

30g sesame seeds

150g dark chocolate

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 170˚C and place the butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted.

2. Place the mixture in a bowl. Add the honey mix everything with a spoon until well blended

3. Grease and line an 18 x 18 cm (7 x 7 inch) square pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture into the pan and level the surface.

4. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before pouring the melted dark chocolate over it.

5. Put in the fridge to chill before enjoying and eating the whole batch!


5. Coffee energy bar

(Recipe by Instagram/@tbaynds)


Coffee energy bar (pixabay)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 tablespoons ground coffee beans

1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats

1 cup crispy rice cereal

1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

1/4 cup sea salt

1/2 cup maple syrup


1/4 cup cashew butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

1. Mix dry in a large bowl.

2. In a smaller outlet, bring syrup, oil and butter to a dinner party until well combined.

3. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix.

4. Flatten in a pan, then freeze until solid.

5. Cut it into rectangular pieces and enjoy.

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