Easy Chocolate Energy Bar Recipe

I forget to eat. Often. My schedule requires a lot of planning to be able to eat good food, and eat it regularly. So when I ran across Miryam’s recipe for nutrient-dense, cholesterol-lowering, super easy, no-bake, low-ingredient-list, freaky delicious energy bars, obviously I had to give them a shot.

Homemade Energy Bars

Delicious can only look so pretty. Maybe china and lace help?

I have a problem with store-bought energy bars. They usually fall into 4 categories: inedible cardboard, sickly sweet, full of processed ingredients, obscenely expensive. Miryam is a dietician, and the founder of Eat Good 4 Life. Her blog is dedicated to recipes which, while not always what one would consider “healthy” (there are so many delicious baked goods on there…), they are nonetheless nutrient-dense and delicious.

Just what I need, and I can eat it while typing with one hand. Want to make them too? Here’s what you need.

Homemade Energy Bars

via Eat Good 4 Life

Ingredient List

  • 1 lb whole pitted prunes
  • 1 cup raw or toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flax-seed meal
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp organic peanut butter (homemade if ya got it)

You basically just stick it all in the food processor and refrigerate, but there is a specific order to it. Head on over to Eat Good 4 Life for the full recipe. Seriously. Do not just stick everything in the processor all at once. You will have the biggest, stickiest mess of your life on your hands and it will all be bloody awful. I mean it.

Homemade Energy Bars

Packed with awesome.

I wrapped the squares up in parchment paper and tied them with some butcher’s twine. Not only are they rich, chocolatey and delicious, they really did keep me going strong through school. The best part? They cost next to nothing to make. Busy, hungry people? Meet your new best friend.

Next Time Challenge:

Almost every time I make something, I think of another ingredient I don’t have on hand that I desperately want to try in the recipe. Who wants to try it out with these additions and report back?

  • Substitute ½ cup dried cherries for ½ cup of the prunes. Some additional peanut butter or honey may need to be added for consistency.
  • Add some additional chocolate chips to the mixture near the end of the process so they stay near-whole.

Comments

  1. Cool. Thanks so much for the mention. I am glad you like them as much as we do. Every time I make them I double the batch so that we can enjoy them longer. My husband takes them to work and I normally have them as a snack or for breakfast. They are great. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. :-)

    • Natalie Webb says:

      I would have loved to make a double batch, but I might have to do it in two sets. The mixture is so thick that my poor garage-sale-find food processor was giving me dirty looks for putting it through such a workout. It was making…concerning noises. One day I’ll buy a new one, but the blog is going to need to take off for that to happen. Those things are expensive new!

      I want to start experimenting with more grab and go bar types of recipes. Do you have any other interesting ones in the works? Thanks again Miryam!