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Homemade Energy Bars

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Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars

Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars

Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars

I’m not really sure what to call these bars.  They are a cross between a granola bar, muffin and energy bar.  They are a nutrient-dense snack but they satisfy a cookie and overall sweet tooth craving.  I have been making them for almost a year now and each time they are slightly different.

It all started with an experiment making chocolate oatmeal cookies with half peanut butter and half Greek yogurt instead of the butter.  I gradually started reducing the amount of peanut butter and increasing the yogurt, reducing the sugar and chocolate chips, substituting whole wheat flour and wheat germ and adding flax seed, banana, and a laundry list of other ingredients.  From these bars came my pumpkin oat bars.  And another favorite flavor of mine: White Chocolate Craisin Oat Bars.

They have given me energy for my daily activities, lack of sleep from having a baby and overall keeping up with an energetic three year-old who now has a busy baby brother.  And they are healthy snacks for my boys, too!  {My three-year old likes to eat them with a spoon when they are still soft and gooey, right out of the oven.}

I prefer to use Greek yogurt for the extra protein but I’ve also made them many times with low-fat plain yogurt.  The recipe that I have included below has become my base recipe, from which I add and subtract depending on which ingredients I have.  {I’ve used peanut butter, applesauce, pumpkin, banana, coconut, M&M’s, whole peanuts, chopped pecans, etc.}

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Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 24
 
These bars are a cross between a granola bar, muffin and energy bar. They are a nutrient-dense snack but they satisfy a cookie and overall sweet tooth craving.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • ½-3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup mashed banana, (roughly 1 large banana)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oats
  • 3 Tbsp flax seeds
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Beat the yogurt, sugar, eggs, mashed banana and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add the whole wheat flour, wheat germ and baking soda.
  3. Stir in the flax seed, oats and then the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into a foil-lined 9 x 13-inch pan and a foil-lined 8 x8-inch pan {or two 9x13 inch pans for slightly thinner bars}.
  5. Cook the bars for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees or until the top of the bars starts to turn light golden brown and springs back to the touch but being careful not to overbake them to ensure that they stay moist in the center. They will set a little bit as they cool.
  6. Let the bars cool in the pan for ten minutes and then cut them into bars or use a cookie cutter to cut them into shapes.

Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars

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3 Responses to “Homemade Energy Bars”

  1. Becky says:

    I made these tonight and they were a bit too bland for my taste. They could really use some dried fruit and some nuts to jazz them up a bit!

  2. kelsey says:

    Becky, I’m sorry these weren’t to your liking. My kids and family devour them. With that said, I consider this recipe as a baseline. We have definitely made many variations of these bars, substituting ingredients and adding different dried fruits, chocolate, etc. That’s one thing I love about them is you can add whatever you have on hand!

  3. Carolina says:

    How long do they usually keep? Do you freeze or refridgerate them afterwards? Recipe looks great!

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