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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a square baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine apples with lemon zest and juice in a food processor (alternatively shred the apples and place in a bowl).
- Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse to combine.
- Spread in the baking dish and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until firm.
- 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
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