Almond butter energy bars recipe
“Make your own energy bars for sports refuelling or a snack in the office, much cheaper than buying ready made bars”
- Yield: makes 6 large
Finding energy bars that aren't overloaded with sugar is quite challenging, after all, the idea of an energy bar is to give you a boost, hence the sugar. However, it is possible to make your own energy bars that will provide a sustained energy release by using oats.
I like these energy bars because they have just the right amount of sweetness from the protein powder (which is sugar free), and a lovely chocolatey flavour as well as crunchy bits from the cacao nibs and seeds, and you don't even need to bake them. These are ideal to wrap and take on a hike, biking, or just as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Important note: even using certified gluten free oats it may not be suitable for all celiacs; some celiacs are very sensitive to avenin contained in the oats, see our oats FAQ for more info.
- Line a baking tray 17cm square (7" square) with baking paper.
- Put all the dry ingredients into a food mixer with dough attachment, and mix until well distributed.
- Add the almond butter and water. It takes a bit of effort to get everything combined. If the mix still looks too dry then add ½ tbsp of water at a time. Do not add too much extra water as the mixture will very quickly turn too soft. Hint: if this does happen simply add more oats until the mixture is fairly stiff again.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and spread about equally, press the mixture flat with the back of a spoon. This will compress it into solid bars.
- Cover and put in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes, remove from freezer and cut into bars. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.