Have you ever stopped to read the ingredients on the back of many energy bars on the market? If you have, you’ve likely seen a long list of hard to pronounce items, sugar, and artificial ingredients. Those things certainly don’t sound like what we want to replenish our bodies with after a long day at school or tough sports practice!
What we put into our bodies makes a difference in what get out of our bodies when it comes to both health and energy levels. Rather than fueling your body with sugar and chemicals, nourish your body by making your own yummy and healthy energy bars! These bars will give you plenty of healthy carbs, good fats, protein, and fiber to keep you going and going!
What You Need:
Optional Additions: unsweetened dried fruits, dried coconut, dark chocolate chips, other nut varieties, cinnamon, uncooked oats, chia seeds
Butter knife and/or cookie cutter(s)
What You Do:
- Mix it up! With the help of a responsible adult, combine two parts dates with one part each of walnuts and cashews and add a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the consistency is smooth. Note: you may slightly alter these proportions to suit your taste and texture preferences.
- Let your creativity shine! Now that you have the base of your energy bars mixed, stir in any fun flavor additions you like. Try our suggestions or come up with your own! You can blend them in with the food processor for a more uniform consistency or stir them with a spoon to retain their texture.
- Get in shape! Scoop out your energy bar mixture onto parchment paper. Use your hands, a cookie cutter, or a butter knife to form mixture into rectangles or other fun shapes. Bars should be around ½ inch thick.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour to give bars a firmer consistency.
- Enjoy knowing you are fueling your body with the good stuff!