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The summer sun can sure take it out of you - have you ever found yourself exhausted after a few hours at the beach? I don’t know about you, but my beach days consist of more than just bikinis and a sun-kissed tan. Aside from the gallon of water I lug around to stay hydrated, I am all about the snacks. Despite our best intentions, we all know that we don’t always make the healthiest snack choices, especially on beach days. Take the healthy route next time and try one of these tasty homemade energy bars! Not only are these bars super easy to make, but they are packed with nuts, seeds and oats, adding tons of health benefits that will keep you full and energized while you’re out having fun with the family!

Apricot Chia Energy Bar

With just the right amount of salty and sweet, the kids will be sure to enjoy this one. There is no baking required, so as long as you have a blender or a food processor, you’re good to go! What you need:

  • 1 cup of dried apricots
  • 1 cup of pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of almonds or nuts of your choice (exclude the nuts for a completely gluten, nut and dairy-free treat)
  • 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of white chocolate chips (optional)

Toss it all into the blender or food processor. Blend everything together, transfer to a pan and place in the freezer to set. Cut into your desired size and pack them up for a delicious snack that’ll have your tummy thanking you!

No Bake Energy Bites

These fun-sized snacks are almost as easy to make as they are to eat! What you need:

  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup of flaxseed
  • ½ cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice, we love almond butter!),
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of honey.

Combine all ingredients together. Try sprinkling in some chia seeds for an extra healthy crunch! Mix everything together, roll into your desired size ball and let them chill in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes or freeze for about an hour. Throw some of these in a ziplock and bring for a quick refuel when you’re out at the beach this weekend!

3 Ingredient Energy Bar

Low on time and ingredients? This bar is almost effortless to make, with only 3 ingredients and no baking required! What you need:

  • 1 cup of pitted and dried medjool dates (about 12-15)
  • 1 cup of dried fruit
  • 1 cup of nuts (your choice)

Try using different types of dried fruit for a variety of flavors such as cranberries, blueberries or apricots. The high fiber and vitamin content are an added health bonus to this easy snack! In a food processor, blend all ingredients together until fully blended and then press into a thick square on some parchment paper. Let it chill for at least an hour before cutting into bars. This recipe yields 8 bars or 16 small squares. Wrap each individually in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge or freeze until you’re craving a little something sweet!

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Need breakfast on the go? Prep these homemade oatmeal breakfast bars Sunday night for a quick grab-n-go bar for the work week ahead! Before you get started, preheat the oven to 350 and grease an 8x8 pan. What you need:

  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of dry quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of melted dark chocolate
  • 2 ripe bananas

Throw all ingredients into a food processor and pulse 3-4 times. Then mix in another cup of oats with a spoon. Grab your two bananas and mash with a fork until smooth. Next, stir in the oat mix with the mashed bananas until completely coated. Transfer the mixture onto your greased pan and distribute evenly. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Take out, let cool and cut evenly into squares and drizzle with melted chocolate for some added sweetness.

Vegan PB&J Energy Bars

For the pb&j lovers, try this vegan energy bar for a healthier approach to the classic sandwich we all know and love, but with the same great taste. What you need:

  • 1 ¾ cup of pitted dates
  • ½ cup of gluten free quick oats
  • ¼ cup of whole blanched peanuts
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened dried cranberries
  • ¼ of natural peanut butter

Pre-soak your dates in warm water for about 15 minutes and then drain. Grab your food processor and blend all ingredients until it is combined well. Scoop out your mixture onto a square baking pan and evenly spread out for desired bar thickness. Give it about 30 minutes in the freezer to set, cut into bars and indulge in all of its peanut butter and jelly glory. Alyssa Lewis has been working in the fitness industry for over 4 years now. Maintaining energy levels throughout the day and fueling your body when necessary is extremely important for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. These are just a few of my favorite recipes I enjoy making at home. They’re perfect for those who are always on the go and need a little refueling! Let me know what you think and share your favorite recipes in the comments below. Photos courtesy of: -Fork and Beans-Cupcakes and Kale Chips -Nutritionist in the Kitch -Emma Christensen -Gimme Some Oven

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