The market for energy bars has taken off in recent history, and it's not hard to see why. First, bars are unparalleled in their convenience, both storing and traveling well. Second, so many of us need a boost! Whether to get you to quitting time, power your kids through school or reinvigorate you or your kids after fun in the sun, quick energy is in demand. Last, but not least: They taste great! Energy bars are usually on the sweet side, often incorporating fruit and even chocolate to create tempting flavors.
Store-bought energy bars can be pricey, though, and some of them have less-than-desirable ingredient lists. You can treat yourself and your kids by making them at home. They are surprisingly easy to make — just process a handful of ingredients in a blender or food processor, press into a baking dish, cut, and serve or store. You'll feel good knowing you've not only saved money, but have made a nutritious snack made from whole foods.
An added bonus is you can tailor homemade energy bars to suit your flavor preferences. Switch up which fruits, nuts, seeds and grains you use. Experiment with spice combinations or by adding citrus zest. You might enjoy coming up with different flavor combinations as much as your kids enjoy sampling them.
One of our household's go-to energy bars is this recipe for apricot and pistachio energy bars. The apricots add a honey-like sweetness and the hint of cardamom is both subtle and valuable. They're also beautiful to look at. I like to set aside a few apricots and pistachios to add to the top of the final product, so the vibrant orange and green really stand out.
Makes 9 bars
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