Energy bars, protein bars, sweet & salty bars are sometimes great, quick snacks and meal replacements. However, they can get to be expensive if you eat them even 5-6 times a week, and some of the commercial varieties are about as healthy as a candy bar.
The good supplemental bars (if they are all-natural) contain cereals, nuts, protein, whole grains and dried fruit. That doesn’t sound very difficult to do at home! Save time and money with these delicious at-home recipes for energy/protein bars with all natural ingredients you can find here at SkinnyMs.
The most popular SkinnyMs. protein bar recipe is a must-have, Quinoa Protein Bars.
Here are our top 3 recipes for Do-it-Yourself bars:
Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars
These delicious no-bake bars are ready in 5 minutes!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Honey, or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups RAW Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 cup Uncooked Oats
- 2-5 Tablespoons water
- 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
Mix the peanut butter and honey in a bowl, heat for 30 seconds. Add the rest of ingredients and mix together. Mixture should be crumbly and slightly moist.
Press hard into a 9×9 tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut into 12 yummy bars!
Yields: 12 | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories: 288 | Total Fat: 12.7 g | Saturated Fat: 3.1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 41 mg | Sodium: 167 mg | Carbohydrates: 17.2 g | Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g | Sugars: 7.7 g | Protein: 27.9 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8 |
Peanut Energy Bars
Tasty no-bake granola bars fill of protein and essential nutrients!
What you’ll need:
- ¾ cup Peanut Butter, smooth style
- ¾ cup Liquid Honey
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar, packed
- ½ cup Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
- ½ cup Quick-cooking oats
- 1 ¼ cup Whole Grain Cereal (Kashi, Grape-Nuts)
- 1 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 cup Peanuts, coarsely chopped, unsalted
Spray 13 x 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray.
In saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and cocoa. Cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, stirring often, or until smooth.
Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in oatmeal, cereal,raisins and peanuts. Press batter firmly into prepared pan. Cool before cutting into 32 bars.
Yields: 32 bars | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories: 123 | Total Fat: 5.7 g | Saturated Fat: 1.1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 53 mg | Carbohydrates: 17.5 g | Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g | Sugars: 11.1 g | Protein: 3.6 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5 |
Trail Mix Energy Bars
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
- 1/4 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup flax seeds, ground
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup pitted dried dates
- 1/2 cup powdered nonfat dry milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup egg whites
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray or use a non-stick pan.
Place all ingredients except the honey and egg whites in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Add honey and eggs and pulse until the mixture is well combined. It will resemble a coarse paste.
Transfer to the baking pan and spread evenly. Bake until just done, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 squares.
Yields: 20 squares | Serving Size: 1 square | Calories: 239 | Total Fat: 11.7 g | Saturated Fat: 1.2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 21 mg | Carbohydrates: 16.2 g | Dietary Fiber: 13.8 g | Sugars: 8.3 g | Protein: 12.1 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7 |