Skip the preservatives in store purchased energy bars and make this homemade version with oats, dates, dark chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts.
I can’t believe it’s already 5 Ingredient Friday again! This week’s offering is a homemade energy bar that rivals any you’ll purchase in a box at the grocery store.
We start off with pitted dates and free range eggs from my friend’s chickens (lucky me!) and give them a whirl in the food processor. The dates and eggs do a nice job of binding the oats together without added unnecessary fats or refined sugars. If you think your dough is too stiff simply add a few tablespoons of water or milk to soften it up.
After we have the base for our energy bars ready we add in the darkest chocolate chips we can find (these are 60% cocoa) and add bits and pieces of walnuts.
The important thing to do with these energy bars is to pack them down into the pan. I even pushed the chocolate chips down and spread them out so there would be plenty in every bite.
I’ll admit my bars are higher in calories and Weight Watchers Smart Points than the dried out, preservative filled, sodium-packed, sugary versions at the store, but I’ll take the extra calories if it means I’m eating a healthy energy bar.
PS – If you’ve found a brand of chips that contain more than 60% cocoa, I’d love to know where you bought them, so be sure to leave a comment! Have a terrific weekend!
5 Ingredient Energy Bars with Dates, Oats, Dark Chocolate and Walnuts
20 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 12 ea pitted dates
- 4 cups oats
- 1 large eggs
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a non-stick square baking pan with cooking spray.
- Using a food processor combine dates, oats and eggs pulsing several times until dates are mixed in.
- Remove oat mixture to a bowl and mix in chocolate chips and walnuts with your hand to combine.
- Press firmly into the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
- Cut into 12 pieces, and wrap each piece in plastic wrap.
Food energy: 248kcal
Weight Watchers Smart Points 7
Saturated fatty acids: 1.07g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.73g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.75g
Total fat: 6.55g
Calories from fat: 58
Carbohydrate, by difference: 36.01g
Total dietary fiber: 5.92g
Total lipid (fat): 7.26g
Total sugars: 0.93g
FYI – I’ve never found the need for a fancy food processor. I love to chop and drop by hand, but every so often they come in handy, so I use this affordable version from Hamilton Beach. It’s just the right size, doesn’t take up much room in the cupboard and isn’t complicated to use.