How to Make Healthy Homemade Energy Bars
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- Substitute lemon extract for the vanilla extract.
- Add dried fruit such as raisins, craisins, dried apricots, or pitted dried dates.
- Try different types of chips, such as white chocolate or butterscotch.
- Coconut flakes
- Substitute different types of seeds such as sliced almonds or chia seeds.
- Add 1-1.5 cups of peanut butter.
- Try different spices in place of the cinnamon such as apple pie spice.
Mix together the old-fashioned oats, germ wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, flaxseed meal, and whole wheat flour in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the apple sauce, canola oil, vanilla, eggs (beaten), honey, and salt.
4. Pour your wet ingredients in, then hand mix. If you coat your hand with a little oil or non-stick cooking spray, clean-up will be really easy after mixing.
6. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown; roughly 20-25 minutes. Cool completely in the baking pan before cutting into bars.
They will keep a few weeks in the fridge or for up to months in the freezer. Wrap the bars individually and just grab and go from the freezer for the perfect breakfast or pre/post workout meal.