Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, and Chia Seeds

I’m a snacker from way back, and the habit can sometimes be the downfall of my diet.

Since I’m not a fan of fruit, and get tired of veggies and hummus, I often opt for an energy bar. I read labels and choose the healthiest bar I can buy for the calories, but at $1.50 plus a piece, they make a pricey snack.

Apple, Lemon and Chia Seed Evergy Bars

That’s when I decided it was time to start making my own energy bars. I wanted a dense, chewy, satisfying homemade version of my go-to Cliff Bars, so oats seemed like a good place to start. With the addition of juicy apples for added fiber, along with chia seeds for a protein boost, I was on my way to a healthy pick-me-up.

Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, Lemon, and Chia Seeds Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, Lemon, and Chia Seeds
After a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and sprinkle of cinnamon were added to the batter, my bars were ready for a bake in the oven.

Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, Lemon, and Chia Seeds Apple Energy Bars

Mr. Mike was happy with his energy bar right from the oven with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top. They look more like a dessert now, don’t they?

If you’re not a fan of chia seeds, you could try these quinoa energy bars I found in the archives when I was looking for another snack recipe.

Quinoa, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Quinoa, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

I’ve decided homemade energy bars are the way to go. They’re cheaper by far, and I can control the sugar, sodium and preservatives. Happy snacking!

Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, Lemon, and Chia Seeds
Shake It Up! No chia seeds? Add chopped walnuts instead. You'll end up with a bar with slightly different texture, but it will still be good.
  • 2 medium apple , finely chopped
  • 1 large lemon , zest and juice
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups oats, quick cooking variety
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ cup low fat milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine apples with lemon zest and juice in a food processor (alternatively shred the apples and place in a bowl).
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  4. Spread in the baking dish and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until firm.
  5. Allow to cool, then wrap individually and store in the refrigerator.
Calories: 154kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 4
Saturated fatty acids: 0.35g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.36g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.55g
Total fat: 2.25g
Calories from fat: 20
Cholesterol: --
Carbohydrate, by difference: 30.84g
Total dietary fiber: 4.60g
Protein: 4.03g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 15 bars

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  1. says

    Homemade energy bars are definitely high on my “must try” list. The ones on the market are pricey, and either tend to be pretty high in sugar or the list of ingredients is a mile long. I love this recipe!

  2. says

    These look great! Not only do they look like they have wonderful flavor, I can pronounce all the ingredients in the recipe! Something I can’t do with most commercial energy bars. Good stuff – thanks.

  3. says

    I really wonder why protein/ energy bars are so pricey…they are so easy to make and so much better than the store one. Love yours with added apples which make them so seasonal and so much more moist. Excellent!


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