By Fredrica Syren:
I used to eat energy bars before I had kids. Considering they cost many dollars each, it for sure was an expensive habit and not very sustainable for either my wallet or the planet. These days, I really don’t eat individually packaged processed food, so power bars are something I would never buy. But there are times when a quick energy bar is a good idea when I’m out and about so now I make my own. They are both better for me and the planet, and cost little to make.
No Bake Energy Bar — Recipe adapted from Trash Is for Tossers
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 2 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup popped quinoa
- 1 cup nut butter (almond or peanut butter works.) I use peanut.
- 3/4 cup honey
- Pop the quinoa. (See instructions for how to do this here.)
- Add all ingredients one by one into a mixing bowl.
- Using your hands, combine thoroughly.
- Transfer to a 9 x 13 baking pan that is lightly greased with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
- Refrigerate for a few hours to harden the ingredients.
- Slice into energy bars and enjoy!
.Homemade Lara Bars—Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie
- ½ cup unsalted cashews
- A scant 1 ¼ cup dates
- Small pinch salt
- Optional: some fresh vanilla bean or 1 Tbsp. carob powder
- Blend in your food processor until it’s a sticky dough.
- Form into any shapes. I personally like to make them look like Lara Bars — log-alike☺