Cinnamon’s blood sugar–stabilizing benefits make it a wise ingredient choice for an energy bar. Its spicy, sweet-enhancing flavor make it a tasty one.
Healthy snacking is easier when you have smart choices on hand. These energy bars are a great option because they not only store well but also come together fast. In less than five minutes, you’ll have eight days’ worth of afternoon pick-me-ups or post-workout fuel. Kids love them too, so they are great as after-school treats. Once you see how easy they are to make, you’ll never buy an overpriced energy bar again.
This is an endlessly adaptable recipe, so feel free to experiment with nut, seed and spice combinations. As written, the ratios provide the perfect combination of quicky energy, satisfying protein and just-sweet-enough flavor. Instead of playing its typical supporting role, cinnamon is the star — its warming and spicy notes are simultaneously energizing and relaxing.
Homemade cinnamon energy bars
Makes 8 bars
Be sure to use fresh, soft dates rather than dried ones to get the right consistency. The small pinch of salt really sets off the flavors here, so don’t skip it!
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup whole flax seeds
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup pitted fresh dates
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- Add the pecans to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the pieces are roughly pea sized.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process on high until the dates are pretty evenly distributed.
- The mixture does not need to be completely smooth, just incorporated enough to hold together.
- Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment or aluminum foil. Press the mixture into the pan until evenly distributed, making sure to press it all the way to the edges.
- Move the pan to the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting into 2 × 4-inch bars.