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10 Energy Bars That You Can Make at Home

Photo credit: iStock/Anna Quaglia

Photo credit: iStock/Anna Quaglia

With Blue Cross Broad Street Run training season upon us, it seems like everyone is kicking his or her training regimens up a notch. And while it’s exciting to add those extra miles or increase your pace, it’s essential to fuel your body properly pre- and post-workout. That means finding healthy recipes and ditching overly processed ingredients. To help you out, here are 10 nourishing energy bars that you can make at home. 

1. Almond Goji Energy Bars // Change up your ho-hum energy bar routine by introducing goji berries into the mix. The bars take only four steps to prepare and are packed with heart-healthy fats like almonds and coconut.

2. Apple, Peanut and Honey Quinoa Granola Bars // Filled with nuts, high-fiber grains and caramelized honey for sweetness, these bars will keep you full well into your run.

3. Apricot Chia Energy Bars // Comprised of only six ingredients, these chewy energy bars are loaded with pepitas and dried apricots. Bonus: the recipe can easily be made vegan.

4. Coconut Matcha Energy Bars // Mimic the comforting flavor of your favorite matcha latte in this compact bar. Made with dates and coconut, the bars are delicately sweetened, meaning you won’t experience a sugar crash.

5. Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Energy Bars // This no-bake bar is ideal for folks who need a little sweetness pre-workout, but don’t want to sacrifice protein, fiber or healthy fats.

6. Simple Homemade Energy Bar // Reminiscent of trail mix, these bars get their sweetness from dates and cranberries and their saltiness from almonds. Tip: they can be kept in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

7. Cashew Coconut Snack Bar // If you find it easy to down cashews by the handful, this bar helps snack eaters practice moderation. The gluten-free bars are held together with almond meal and almond butter, so you’ll have no problem staying satiated.

8. Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bars // Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! These bars combine bananas, honey and peanut butter for a flavor that calls to mind snacks from childhood.

9. Quinoa Chia Seed Bar // If you prefer spices over sweetness, then make these bars—stat. They forego fruit for cinnamon, cardamom and Himalayan salt.

10. Blueberry Walnut Breakfast Bar // Soft and chewy thanks to banana and yogurt, these blueberry-dotted bars taste like a bakery treat.

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