How To Make Homemade Energy Bars

How To Make Homemade Energy Bars
How To Make Homemade Energy Bars

Many parents lack the time and energy to prepare healthy snacks and meals for the family, which causes us to rely heavily on convenience foods, which aren’t usually the healthiest of options to provide for our family. Healthy snacks provide the family with a nutritional boost and energy to get through the day. As a mother of two, I lead a busy, on-the-go lifestyle – as many parents do! Quick, healthy snacks are essential to our daily nutritional needs.

Energy bars are an ideal, handy snack for the family – whether you’re on the go running errands, picking the kids up from school or sports activities, or simply need a pre or post workout pick-me-up. Energy bars may seem like an ideal source of fuel in a convenient package however, it’s important to read the labels since many store-bought energy bars contain empty calories, excess sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Once you learn how to make homemade energy bars, you’ll never go back to store-bought. Freeze your homemade creations for a later date, or pack the freshly made bars into a plastic bag or container for a portable breakfast or mid-morning snack for the kids – or yourself! Learn how to make homemade energy bars with this simple infographic:

How To Make Homemade Energy Bars

Try some of these healthy energy bar recipes:

Pumpkin Coconut Larabars
Chocolate Coconut Larabars
Apricot Honey Larabars
Cherry Pie Larabars
Lemon Coconut Larabars
Dried Fruit and Nut Bars
Chocolate Almond Larabars

74 thoughts on “How To Make Homemade Energy Bars”

  • paulaschuck 8 years ago

    This isn’t something I would have thought of making at home but they sound delicious! Especially the cherry pie one. Yum.

  • Rebecca Swenor 8 years ago

    This is an awesome idea. I never thought of making energy bars before. My kids love energy bars and this will be a great treat for them. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  • i have never thought to make these before. but now i kinda want to try, what a great idea.

  • This sounds delicious. I am new to making my own energy bars. I was wondering what is agave nectar? Is that tropical?

    • Agave nectar is a liquid sweetener similar to brown rice syrup. It’s gotten a bad rep as of late, but then again everything else has too, lol! I mostly use organic agave or brown rice syrup in these recipes. I started using agave a few years ago because I am hypoglycaemic and (supposedly-because you never REALLY know) it has a low glycemic index (which is better than refined sugar). In my baking recipes I often use palm or coconut sugar!

  • Ann Bacciaglia 8 years ago

    I have not tried to make my own energy bars before. I will have to try to make some this weekend. They would be great for my teenagers.

  • Chrystal M. 8 years ago

    I love making energy bars. My favorites are the raw ones because they are moist and yummy like cake.

  • Making your own energy bar is a great idea because you get to pick on what ingredients goes in there. Thanks for sharing how to make it.

  • CourtneyLynne 8 years ago

    These sound great!!! My hubby always buys energy bats, maybe I’ll make him some 😉

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack 8 years ago

    This is perfect. My son loves energy bars. I have to make some for his next camping trip.

  • Lynn Dee 8 years ago

    That is so cool. Never thought you could actually make it at home. Good job!

  • mail4rosey 8 years ago

    I’ve not thought to make them at home. My husband takes one to work each day, so this would be great for him.

  • Bradley Finnearty 8 years ago

    These sound great. I am not much of one for energy bars, but these sound like they would be really good. Since they are so easy to make I will try it and let you know what I think. Thanks for the recipe.

    • I think store-bought energy bars have a very ‘fake’ flavour because they have so many additives. Also, I find the protein ones to have a really weird, bitter aftertaste. I sometimes add hemp protein and it goes undetected. Also, once you taste REAL bars with REAL ingredients you might change your mind about energy bars 😉

  • This is so awesome. I never even thought about making energy bars before. Thanks so much for sharing how to. I will have to make these.

  • Alyssa C 8 years ago

    I had no idea it was so easy to make energy bars! I definitely need to make these, thank you for sharing

  • Angela Christoper 8 years ago

    Wow I can make this really fantastic!! I’ll try this at home thanks you for wonderful homemade recipe.

  • I had NO IDEA it was so easy to make homemade energy bars!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I need to make these!

  • Wow! I never really thought about making my own energy bars. This is a brilliant idea and so much easier because sometimes the bars we buy is horrible and expensive. I love that I have the option of choosing my own ingredients. Thank you for sharing!

  • celebbabylaundry 8 years ago

    Energy bars are so perfect right before you hit the gym, you need that to go at it 100%!

  • Elizabeth O. 8 years ago

    Cherries and cranberries for me, please! I absolutely love
    infusing fruits in my energy bars!

  • Chelle W 8 years ago

    I love making energy bars with my children as they really are easy to make and easy to make to suit each person’s personal taste. That’s a huge bonus vs. throwing money away on box filler junk.

  • Energy bars with cherries or cranberries sound great. I’ve never thought to make my own!

  • This is a great post, Lisa! I love energy bars. I just started my energy bars addiction a few weeks ago. Have been making a batch every week to snack at work and any pretty much any time. 😀 Now with your handy chart, I can try new energy bars variety! My favourite at this moment is anything containing natural almond butter! YUM (in Cap!)!

    • You have to try the lemon coconut ones! They are my fave!!!

      • You got me hooked on coconut flakes! I see many of your recipes have coconut flakes, so I tried adding them in my oatmeal walnut energy bites last week. It was so good! Will print out the lemon coconut ones tomorrow to try out this weekend.

  • blm03 8 years ago

    I’m going to have to try and make these! What a great idea!

  • Kathy 8 years ago

    Thanks for this! I’ll have to try making one of these. I love to make all kinds of bars and the energy bars could really come in handy.

  • Sara-Jayne Jones 8 years ago

    This is so great- my husband was only talking about this last week! I’m definitely going to make some and see how he likes them, thank you!

  • Michele 8 years ago

    I am definitely going to try to make my own energy bar after seeing low easy it really is. I have most of the ingredients in my apartment right now.

    • Most of us do…we just never think of making them! It’s so much more convenient to buy them, right? Actually, I just finished making a batch of my pumpkin coconut!

  • Yum I think I would LOVE the lemon or chocolate. Not a huge fan of coconut but I want to start making my own bars so I know what’s in them!

  • Terri Lynn Grothe 8 years ago

    one word- yummmyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!! i need to be a close neighbour;)

  • Michelle Anne de Guzman 8 years ago

    I am pining this recipe because I think it sounds Fabulous and I would not mind feeding it to my family. I am thinking maple syrup coconut flakes raisins and oatmeal. Kind of like a healthy oatmeal cookie

  • April Mims 8 years ago

    I love making my own energy bars. After reading the label on the “healthy” bars at the store, I knew I’d never eat one of those again. Customizing your flavors is always fun.

  • monica 8 years ago

    I LOVE your flavor combos chart! I’ve never tried…and that’s why I come here for inspiration!

  • Kung Phoo 8 years ago

    Nice.. i need recipes like this to get me through the day. I have gone on a health binge and need as much energy as i can get to get my workouts out.

  • Do I want to know how to make homemade energy bars? Ummmm ABSOLUTELY! I am going to print this out for my father. He is extremely health conscious.

  • This is a great post! Making power bars are soo good to know! I love them and am often found carrying them around! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Krystal 8 years ago

    This is great info for just about anyone. I can’t tell you how many people I see walking around with power bars (myself included).

  • Dawn 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I love energy bars, but those things are expensive!

  • Robin Rue 8 years ago

    I love Larabars. I never knew I could make my own, though. I am going to have to try making them.

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