Healthy Energy Bars


Who needs store-bought granola bars? These nutty, naturally-sweetened bites will fuel you up without the sugar crash and require just 20 minutes of prep.

Healthy Energy Bars in glass bowl
Photo: Tracy Benjamin
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ½ cup cashews

  • ¼ cup regular rolled oats

  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • cup chopped bittersweet chocolate


  1. In a food processor process cashews and oats 30 seconds or until chopped. Add dates, maple syrup, espresso powder, and salt; process 30 seconds or until mixture resembles cookie dough. Add walnuts and chocolate; process 20 seconds or until combined.

  2. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, extending over two sides of pan. Place oat mixture in pan; top with another piece of parchment. Press evenly into pan. Remove parchment from top of bars. Cover with plastic; freeze 4 hours. Using parchment, lift out of pan. Cut into 2-inch bars.


In an airtight container, refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 185mg 4%
Folate, total 7.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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