Monday, September 23, 2013

Homemade No-Bake Raw Energy Bars (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

My recipes for Homemade No-Bake Carrot Cake BitesPeanut Butter Energy BarsSuper Bars and Raw Bars are family favorites.

But these new No-Bake Raw Energy Bars could be my favorite bars yet, because:

They're super, duper easy.

They're delicious and sweet.

They're good for you!

The boys absolutely love them...

and I love that they're eating chia, flax, whole grains and good plant-based protein and happy about it!

Did I mention that they're super, duper easy?

These bars don't last long in our family, but we love having them on hand for a great power-up snack before soccer practice, a long run or Tae Kwon Do.

Homemade No-Bake Raw Energy Bars (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

1 cup gluten-free whole or quick oats (traditional is fine if you don't need GF)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut (or you can use extra oats)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (or you can use extra flax)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (they work well to hide the chia seeds)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup natural nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower all work well)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup or agave nectar

Using a food processor (or you can mix in a bowl, but the food processor makes very quick work of this recipe), process the oats, flax, coconut, chia seeds, chocolate chips and cocoa powder:

Add the nut butter, vanilla extra and honey (or maple syrup or agave) and process until fully combined:

Does the mixture appear too wet?  Add a few tablespoons of oats or flax and reprocess.  Too dry?  Add a touch more nut butter or honey.  Reprocess:

Press into a glass dish and place in the fridge to set, if desired (and if you can wait!):

Cut into bars:


Makes 12 bars.

Peas and love,


Unknown said...

loved this recipe!

Unknown said...

Perfect. I have almost everything to make this happen today. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I would like to cut down on the amount of maple syrup to 1/4 cup. Would it be okay to add a little water if I do so if the mix appears too dry? If not water, any other suggestions that don't add to sweetness of bars?

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