These homemade energy bars with oats, chia seeds, and sunflower seed butter are naturally sweetened with chopped dates and bananas.
As you know, I’m a breakfast cookie and energy bar fanatic from way back. Brewing a cup of coffee in the morning before I head off to work and munching on a sweet bite makes my day. It rivals my morning smoothie on days when I need a quick breakfast.
In my opinion, an energy bar has to pack in protein (eggs, chia seeds, and sunflower butter), healthy fats (sunflower butter and chia seeds), fiber (chia seeds, sunflower butter, oats, and dates), and sweetness (bananas and dates).
I used coconut oil (another healthy fat) to coat a nonstick skillet (love my cast iron!), getting it ready for that sticky, gooey batter.
Evenly packed into the pan, these energy bars were ready to hit the oven for a quick bake. You can see the bits of dates sprinkled throughout the pan.
With crusty brown edges, my homemade energy bars are nicely baked, slightly chewy, and naturally sweetened. No refined sugar here!
If you’re accustomed to packaged energy bars, you’ll be amazed at the difference in taste and texture when you make them at home. You’ll be impressed with the flavor and notice the lack of preservatives and super refined sugars.
I loved the simple design and built-in filter to keep fruits and tea leaves from dropping into my glass. I fill mine up with filtered water and keep it on the counter as a reminder to get those eight glasses of water in for the day.
The pitcher is made of borosilicate glass and is capable of stovetop-heating that withstands a temperature change from – 30℃ to 150℃. I’m not a tea drinker, but I could see where the ability to use it with loose leaf tea would be terrific.
That’s it for today folks. If you’re looking for a homemade energy bar without all the added sugar, sodium, and preservatives, then give this bar a try.
Shake It Up!
I was given a jar of sunflower seed butter to sample, but chunky peanut butter or almond butter would work equally as well. If dates aren’t in your pantry, try raisins. You could even chop bits of apple into the bowl as well!
Yields 12 bars
Serves 12 bars3
One Pan Energy Bars with Oats, Chia Seeds, Dates, and Banana
15 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1 ½ cups oats
- ? cup chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 medium banana, over ripe and mashed
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ? cup dates, chopped
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine ingredients in large bowl until well combined.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Melt the oil and spread over the pan.
- Add the energy bar mix to the pan and pat out evenly.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve warm, then wrap individually and store in the refrigerator.
Food energy: 196kcal Weight Watchers Smartpoints 7 Saturated fatty acids: 1.60g Total fat: 9.48g Calories from fat: 85 Cholesterol: 31mg Carbohydrate, by difference: 23.66g Total dietary fiber: 4.99g Protein: 5.90g Total sugars: 9.27g Calcium: 113mg Iron: 1.81mg Magnesium: 91mg Phosphorus: 220mg Potassium: 265mg Sodium: 98mg
FYI – Chocolate lovers with be happy with these super easy five ingredient homemade energy bars with dark chocolate, dates, and walnuts!