I am going to start this post off with a confession – Hubby and I eat a lot of bars. Energy Bars, protein bars, granola bars… They are a quick and efficient snack, and a way to keep going throughout the day. When I am on the road for work, I always pack a bag full of different bars – in case a meal is late or missed, or there are no healthy snack options around the hotel, I like to be prepared.
But let’s be real. Protein bars are 1) quite pricey (up to 3 dollars a bar is not uncommon!!!); and 2) not exactly “natural.” Although there are some pretty decent options available these days. But for a girl who strives to make as much of the food we eat from scratch as possible, and who also tries to minimize packaged, processed foods (even if they are “healthy”), protein bars don’t really fit the bill.
So I’ve been on the search for some tasty homemade healthy options that still meet the “quick and efficient” requirement. And could even be pack-able if necessary. Enter these peanut butter oatmeal energy bars! These are:
- Easy to make
- Only use a few ingredients
- Can be easily modified for your personal preference, or the ingredients you have on hand
I am calling them “energy bars” because they are not super high in protein. But, it would be very easy to add in your choice of protein powder for a protein boost if desired. I’ll mention in the recipe how I would recommend modifying if this is something you want to try.
If you’ve ever tried a GoMacro bar, these aren’t quiiiiite a true copycat, but they are similar in texture and flavor.
Are these Cheaper than Store-bought Energy Bars?
I was also curious to do a price breakdown on these. I usually get my hemp hearts, chia seeds, maple syrup, and peanut butter from Costco, which probably adds to the savings since those can tend to be pricey ingredients. Keeping that in mind, here’s the price break down for these homemade energy bars…
Whoa!! 35 cents?!? I figured these would be cheaper than a store bought bar for sure, but this is a savings of $2.65 from any $3.00 bar you would buy, like our favorite GoMacro bars I mentioned earlier. If you were buying 10 of those a week… you would SAVE more than $25 dollars just by making these tasty, easy, simple, bars at home! That’s a win-win in my book! 🙂
Shall we get into the recipe? I hope you find these energy bars as tasty and satisfying as we do! And that you have some fun experimenting with different ingredients to find the flavor combination(s) that you like the best!