DIY Powerbars

By Kim Robson:

One of my favorite go-to traveling snacks is Clif Bars. They dont melt in the car or your purse; they dont shatter into a billion pieces when you bite into them, as granola bars can; and they come in an array of delicious flavors. But lately, Ive been on a zero-sugar diet, and unfortunately most “powerbars” are FULL of sugar. The first ingredient in Clif Bars, for instance, is organic brown rice syrup, and the fourth and seventh ingredients are organic cane syrup and dried cane syrup, respectively. And those are just the basic ingredients before other added goodies like chocolate chips or toffee pieces.

Let’s look at a few recipes for delicious homemade do-it-yourself powerbars we can easily make at home AND control the amount and type of sweetener added, if any. Not to mention saving a ton of money (prices vary but individual Clif Bars arent super cheap).

No-Bake Granola Bars

These guys require only five ingredients. Dates serve as a sweetener and peanut butter as a binder for almonds, oats and honey. No baking required. Store them in the freezer for when you need a quick boost. Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker here, or watch their video!

Vegan PB&J Energy Bars

Another vegan five-ingredient winner! This version subs pitted dates and dried cranberries in place of processed, sugary jelly. Paired with almonds, oats and natural peanut butter, you and your kids will love this version. Get the recipe from Nutritionist in the Kitch here.

Banana Oat Power Bars

Got some overripe bananas? Add raisins, walnuts, applesauce, whole wheat pastry flour and spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg, and you have some delicious banana boatsthatll disappear in a flash! Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food here.

Apricot Cherry Energy Bars

These vegan bars are made with wholesome dried fruits like apricots, cherries, pitted dates, plus cashews, shredded coconut, and chai seeds. Prefer dried mango, papaya, or pears? Feel free to sub them in! Get the recipe from Hello Glow here.

No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

Puréed dates lend a natural sweetness and do a great job of binding the toasty almonds, crunchy pecans, rich cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon and bursts of chewy dried cherries. Chia seeds, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, add a subtle nutty flavor and wonderful texture. Get the recipe from Dramatic Pancake here.

Almond Flaxseed Yogurt Granola Bars

This gluten free, Paleo approved, low sugar snack mixes almond flour, almonds, honey, vanilla, coconut oil and dark chocolate chips, topped with an irresistible sweet yogurt glaze. Get the recipe from The Iron You here.

Almond Joy Protein Bars

Vegan and gluten free, these bars freeze well, so you can make a big batch to enjoy for weeks. They blend Medjool dates, almonds, oats, coconut, flax meal, chia seeds and dark chocolate chips. Theyre the closest thing to a chocolate bar youll get without raiding the Halloween candy drawer! Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life here.

Raspberry Chocolate Protein Bars

These no-bake wonders are so pretty you may want to Instagram them before eating! Made with rolled oats, almond butter, honey, flax seed, chocolate protein powder and raspberries (or blueberries). Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easyhere.

About Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

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