Energy Bars

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

20 bars

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1/2 cup powdered nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Place all ingredients except the syrup and eggs in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Add the syrup and eggs and pulse until the mixture is well combined. It will resemble a coarse paste.

Transfer to the baking pan and spread evenly. Bake until just done, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 squares.

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    I made these as an alternative to store-bought fiber bars and they were FAAAANTASTIC! Co-workers saw me eating them and asked for a taste. Now everyone wants me to bring them to our weekly meetings.
    This energy bar is so easy to make and comes out perfectly . Perfect for a to go breakfast. Love it ! Thanks for the awesome recipe
    Preparing myself to run my first half-marathon and was looking for a healthy, make-it-myself energy bar that contains the nutrients I would need for those long weekend runs. This is by far the best recipe I ran across (no pun intended) in my quest for calorie-rich food bar to consume before those long runs. It also got the seal of approval from my wife and kids, as well as a friend who is preparing for a 480+ mile bicycle ride that starts in late December and ends in mid-January. She loves to pack it with her and share them with her riding buddies during their long training rides. I highly recommend this energy bar recipe to all who are looking for a high-calorie bar that is really very simple to make.
    I substituted honey for the syrup. I used half whole wheat flour and graham flour, egg substitute instead of egg.Also when done and cooled a bit i pressed a few semi sweet chocolate chips into the top.Will try in the morning when I am running out the door at 6am!!
    Outstanding! I need to perfect this on my side for our taste over time. We don't buy the packaged energy bars but we do buy gourmet energy bars from a local farmers market, which are even better but they cost a lot. I added some fruit spread, half a banana and vanilla per suggestions. My husband said all that made it too moist. The consistency was a bit like cake as opposed to bars so maybe I'll use only one egg next time. I'll keep at this one. It's a keeper!
    I have been making these for a few years now and never make them the same way any time. This time I used ground flax seed instead of wheat germ, added the banana as others recommended, added walnuts and almonds, whey protein powder instead of non fat milk, oat flour instead of pastry flour and 8 oz. frozen blueberries (rolled in oat flour. On an impulse I added 5 oz. of four fruit spread juice sweetened and purchased at my health food store, plus 2 tbl. vanilla and lots of cinnamon. 
    Let me tell you this was the best batch I have made. Really awesome!!! The fresh blueberries and the fruit spread really added a great flavor. Oh, I also added 1/2 c. shredded coconut. Guess I really ended up with my own recipe and Ellie's as a blueprint.  
    Happy baking! 
    I have been making these bars for a couple of years now. I have also made them for friends and they love them. I make these with egg beaters instead of eggs and different dried fruits, I also use spelt flour and they always come out great. I keep these around the house all the time. Easy to fix and delicious and I do keep the ingredients chucky.
    A tasty energy bar that's both easy and quick to make. An excellent healthy snack for school or work that the whole family loves!
    Excellent! Everyone I have made them for has loved these. My mother-in-law and co-workers keep asking me to make them again. My co-workers even offered to pay me for all of the ingredients!
    Followed the recipe to a "T" and my husband and I love it! Will definitely be making this again!
    Makes a great lunch!
    I didn't want to buy a huge pkg. of dry nonfat milk that I'd never use up, so I substituted 1 6oz. vanilla yogurt, and used 1 egg instead of 2. I also chopped the ingredients, like other reviewers. Delicious!!
    Ideas: Add one very ripe smashed banana to provide moisture and a nice flavor addition. Don't grind up the ingredients to a paste; just chop them for a chunkier bar that will spotlight the flavor of individual ingredients and provide extra crunchiness. For a satisfying flavor enhancment: add 1 tsp vanilla extract and t ground cloves in addition to the tsp of cinnamon, then sprinkle the top with cinnamon if you want a more ?desserty? taste, or if you just like cinnamon. Substitute almond flour instead of pastry flour, for a flavorful but pricey alternative. The key with the dried fruit is to experiment. You might prefer dried blueberries instead of raisins. Also, some dried fruit is much sweeter than another brand, so just make batches with substitutions until you find your preference. Cut the bars into one-bite cubes if you?re serving them at home for a group. Store them in the freezer in snack-size ziplock baggies for a take-and-go snack. Very versatile recipe!
    The bars are good and easy to make but I find them dry. As an alternative, I break up the bars and add skim milk and eat as a cereal for breakfast. These bars do sustain hunger throughout the morning which is great!
    My Husband and I love these bars. I love that they are not too sweet and very easy to make. After making these many times we've decided we like them better with just chopping up the ingredients, like the nuts and dried fruit, but not pulverizing them. It turns out to be more of a gronola bar with chunks of fruits and nuts. It's also a great recipe to change ingredients, to use what you have. I use Walnuts instead of sunflower seeds, dried berries instead of raisins, etc. Love it!
    I love these bars!!!!!! They are so soft and delicious! I love the whole grain flavor and natural fruit combination.
    My husband is very active power lifter and Active duty military. It's always been a challenge to keep him fed well on his crazy schedule and store bought protein bars get pricey when he eats them a lot. I add a little more protein to these for his diet but we love them the way they are too. They taste great and I buy ingredients in bulk to save money. A plus!! And my kids love them too! And they are much more nutritious than the granola bars in the store!
    These bars are very good. I used ingredients as listed, but followed other reviewer's advice to process half of the sunflower seeds and fruit initially and then added the other half later (leaving them more coarsely chopped. I also baked them in an 8x8 pan, lengthening the baking time, and making thicker bars. I lined the pan with parchment paper, making it easy to remove them from the pan (and easy to clean up.
    These bars are a great way of having a wholesome snack tucked away in your handbag. I made these using the dried fruit I had to hand (apricots and blueberries) and left out the milk powder as I am lactose inolerant. I also swapped the wheatgerm, oats and wheat flour for gluten-free ingredients - whole buckwheat and my own gf flour mix made from urid lentils, tapioca flour and cornmeal. The bars still hold together very well, and have a complex sweet taste without being cloying. Even my husband likes them, and normally he wouldn't eat a seed/fruit bar of any sort.  
    The bars are good at giving sustainable energy, fibre and protein. Plastic wrapped and kept in the freezer they are good for anytime you are in a hurry but need something to pack - particularly useful if you can't eat gluten as most store-bought snack foods are full of wheat.
    I am totally hooked on these Energy Bars. They are fabulous to eat any time of day. Love, Love, Love!!!
    This was, without a doubt, the WORST TASTING energy bars I have ever tasted! Don't waste your time (and moneyon these.
    At first I wasn't too sure about these; I suppose because I am so used to store-bought energy bars that are overly sweet. But now, these energy bars are in my permanent baking rotation. I absolutely love them and so do my kids. Not only are they healthy and delicious, they are easy as pie to make. They are awesome in a lunchbox and they also freeze well for a make-ahead treat. I love exercise and outdoor activities and these bars keep me going for hours -- they are filling but not overly heavy. These bars are just perfect anywhere, anytime! I think they would be just awesome as a healthy snack at a tailgate. Yummmmm!!! Thank you so much Ellie!!
    I love these bars. great in the morning with coffee or during the day as a healthful snack. I added dried cherries instead of raisins. I recommend getting a small off set spatula in the cake decorating department at Michael's. it makes it much easier to spread the ingredients into the pan.
    I have made these bars a few times now and they have become a favorite in my household. I added a little cardamon the last time I made them,and that gave the bars even more flavor. They are tasty, healthy, and great with a cup of coffee.
    I made these for our recent ski trip (usually we bring along clif or luna bars) and they were a huge hit with the whole group. One day when we decided to take a late lunch, we all had one mid-morning and none of us could believe how they filled us up and kept us going. And I've never had an energy bar that tasted better.
    Super tasty; I used dried cherries and dried cranberries instead of raisins. I also added nutmeg, allspice, and ginger in addition to the cinnamon. Lastly I added two, very ripe, bananas to the mix-this gave a nice texture and a slight banana flavor (not too much!).
     Next time I will fold in some chopped walnuts after I process the whole mixture.
     This saves a lot of money compared to buying clif bars!
    I made this with honey instead of maple syrup, replaced sunflower seeds with more almonds, used dried cranberries and dried apricots.
    Friends really liked them and want the recipe. For those worried about left over ingredients, you can go to a store where they sell things by bulk and get the exact amounts you need for a fraction of the cost of buying a whole package. I like the idea of knowing what's in your energy/breakfast bars. For even those store-bought that are organic and natural, need to add preservatives to make them last on the shelves. Enjoy!
    I have made these several times and love them. I do alter them slightly. I only pulse half of the sunflower seeds for the recipe and I add craisins in place of raisins. I put the flour, dry milk, cinnamon, oatmeal all into a bowl. Pulse 1/2 the sunflower seeds and the rest of the ingredients in the food processor. Then pour into the bowl with the other dry ingredients. Stir a little so flavors blend. Then beat the eggs and add the syrup and a splash of vanilla and dump on dry ingredients. Stirring is a little difficult but well worth the effort. When throughtly mixed dump into pan and use the back of the spatula to press into corners. And actually when I want a thicker bar I double the recipe and still put into a 13x9 pan and bake longer. I really REALLY love them. My hubby eats them too. Oh and I made a pan for the engineers at my work and they wolfed them down. I agree with the earlier comment. Ellie is most definitely a Domestic and Nutrition Goddess.
    These were so simple to make seeing as I had almost all the ingredients on hand. Anyone who follows Ellie's recipes usually does. No, they did not have the same texture as granola, but who said they would. I don't understand some people's complaints here, they give it low ratings for the worse reasons that usually have nothing to do with the actual recipe. This is by far a five star recipe I used dried cranberries instead of raisins because I hate raisins, and it gave a nice bite to the recipe. My health nut friend said these were 10X better than the Kashi bars she always buys, and I would have to agree.
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