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Homemade Energy Bars

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

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped almondsgranola bars
  • 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
  1. Pop the quinoa. (See instructions for how to do this here.)
  1. Add all ingredients one by one into a mixing bowl.
  1. Using your hands, combine thoroughly.
  1. Transfer to a 9 x 13 baking pan that is lightly greased with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  1. Refrigerate for a few hours to harden the ingredients.
  1. Slice into energy bars and enjoy!

.Homemade Lara Bars—Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katielararbar

  • ½ cup unsalted cashews
  • A scant 1 ¼ cup dates
  • Small pinch salt
  • Optional: some fresh vanilla bean or 1 Tbsp. carob powder
  1. Blend in your food processor until it’s a sticky dough.
  2. Form into any shapes. I personally like to make them look like Lara Bars — log-alike☺

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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