Healthy Energy Bar
Updated: Jan 27
This recipe was inspired from a bar shared to me while on my first winter climbing trip
These bars will leave you satisfied as they are packed with nutrients
and healthy calories!
Oat is high in complex carbs and provides sustained energy.
Flax seeds are one of the best plant of omega 3 to 6 ratio and hemp seeds are high in lean protein. Almonds are high in linoleic acid, the body's main essential fatty acid, as well as vitamin E which is an antioxidant that can help reduce oxidative damage from exercise. Coffee beans are packed with chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation (chlorogenic acid amount is reduced with the roasting process, so the lighter roast the better). Plus, the caffeine from the coffee grains will boost your energy, alertness, mood, memory and performance.
These bars are so delicious, you'll just want to go for a trip
so you can eat them!
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds, or hemp seeds
1 cup chopped almonds (or any other nuts really)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw unpasteurized honey
4 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup (from Quebec the best ;) )
1 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (powder or liquid)
1 cup dark chocolate coffee beans (or dates, figs, apricots, whatever suits you!)
Make the magic happen
1) Preheat oven to 325°. Combine all the ingredients from 1--->
Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Toast for 15-30 minutes, until golden. Stir occasionally so it doesn't burn.
2) In a saucepan, combine ingredients from 2---> and melt on a low-medium heat until it slightly bubbles.
3) In a bowl, combine ingredients from 3--->
4) When the oat mixture (1--->) is done toasting, add mixture 3---> and stir.
5) Add the honey (2--->) mixture and stir.
6) Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper. Spread the mixture in the baking pan and press to create a smooth surface. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and press down tightly until it's even
7) Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to cool completely. Use a knife to cup into bar size.
I like to make a lot of these and keep them in the freezer so they are ready to grab when I am ready to go on an adventure! I just cut them in bar size, wrap them individually in parchment paper, put them in a container and into the freezer
Personalize them to your own taste, enjoy and have fun making them!
Back in 2014, my first winter mountain climbing trip!