WIAW #35: Energy Bar Recipe

Hello hello!

Thanks so much for all of your comments on yesterday’s post! Running that race was such a blast, I knew I wanted to do it justice with a full-blown recap. It was a long one, but I know I’ll enjoy looking back on it in the future. Sometimes blogging really is useful for keepsakes!

I’ve been taking it easy fitness-wise this week. I hadn’t taken a full week off in months now, and my body and mind were really craving some relaxation.

Less time at the gym has meant much more free time for other stuff! I’ve been taking advantage, reading magazines, watching Arrested Development, and working on the blog a bit too! I added a new page for my Race Recaps, and I updated my Workouts Page too, with Treadmill, Elliptical, and Machine Mix-Up workout ideas. If you get a chance, check them out and let me know what you think! Love all of your feedback :)

Next on my eventual to-do list, updating my Recipe pages. One of these days I’ll get to it.

Speaking of recipes! I have a new one to share with you guys today!

I was getting a little bored with my usual What I Ate Wednesday posts, so I decided to mix things up and share a recipe this week instead. Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up!

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This energy bar recipe sticks with this month’s theme of sensible snacking.

Homemade Energy Bars
Adapted from The No Meat Athlete. Makes 24 bars.

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Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup almond butter
4 tbsp honey
1/4 cup mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup almond flour
1.5 cups oats
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed

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Instructions:

1. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, peanut butter, almond butter, and honey until smooth.
2. Mash about half a banana, and add to the food processor along with honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Pulse to combine.
3. Add the protein powder and almond flour and pulse to combine.
4. Add oats and pulse just barely to combine. The mixture will be very thick.
5. Remove batter from food processor and place in a medium bowl. Stir in pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed. If the consistency seems spreadable, you’re good.  If it’s too dry, add 1/4 cup of water; if it’s too runny, add an additional 1/4 cup of almond flour.
6. Spray a 13×9 pan with cooking spray and spread mixture evenly throughout pan.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

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I studded the top of my bars with chocolate chips, just for good measure.

In case you’re interested in the stats of these babies, they have 140 calories, 7g fat, 14g carbs, 7g protein, 4g fiber, and 4g sugar.

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They’re lightly sweetened and pack a ton of nutrients. The flaxseed and walnuts provide lots of omega-3’s, and the chickpeas and chia seeds provide fiber to keep you full. These energy bars aren’t messing around!

They were worth the sacrifice that had to be made.

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Probably shouldn’t have used my spoonula directly on the food processor blades. Woopsie.

I stored these energy bars in the fridge for about two weeks, and I’m also freezing half the batch. They’re super convenient for work snacks, and a LOT cheaper than store bought energy bars!

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I hope you guys try them!

Questions: What’s your favorite energy bar? Have you ever tried to recreate it at home? Favorite snack food lately?

P.S. GAME OF THRONES. I AM DONE WITH YOU.

26 thoughts on “WIAW #35: Energy Bar Recipe

  1. Beth @ Mangoes and Miles

    I love looking back on my old posts and just seeing what kinds of things I did not too long ago!…although every time I do, I want to completely fix them because they look atrocious, haha. These bars look a lot like Larabars; I’m surprised they don’t have dates in them! They do sound super tasty though.

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    1. aftertheivyleague Post author

      I love it too! It’s one of my favorite parts about blogging. Honestly, the only way I can remember the day I met my boyfriend is because of the blog! Haha, that’s probably bad though right? And yep, no dates, just banana and honey for sweetness. They’re delicious!

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  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Lol I’ve done that with my spatula before as well and it scared the bejeezus out of me. Needless to say, I’m a lot more careful with the food processor these days. I’ve been meaning to get around to making my own energy bars for a while now. I can’t eat most of the storebought ones because of my allergy to nuts, so homemade is the only way to go for me.

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    1. aftertheivyleague Post author

      Oh no a nut allergy?! Not to your beloved almonds though of course, thank goodness haha. Being allergic to gluten is pretty crappy most of the time, but I think I prefer it over peanut butter. I don’t know what I’d do without my peanut butter haha

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  3. Megan @runningonjava

    Yum!! I’ve been searching for snack recipes for a while, I think I’ll be adding these to my list. I rarely have a lot of time at work to eat a quick snack – so these would be the perfect grab and go thing!

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    1. aftertheivyleague Post author

      That’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple weeks, just grabbing one from the fridge and heading to work. Super convenient, and just took a little bit of effort over the weekend!

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  4. Eating 4 Balance

    I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. Is it worth watching up til this point at least?

    Thanks for the link to that energy bar base recipe. I love your take on it. So much variety!

    Sad day when a cooking utensil dies. I’ve never done that before with a spatula and food processor. But I have melted one or two spoon handles :P

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    1. aftertheivyleague Post author

      I would normally say that Game of Thrones is definitely worth watching, but I’m in a deep despair thanks to last weeks episode so I’m probably not the best person to ask!

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  5. Khushboo

    I am yet to make my own energy bars but these look great! My favorites are Luna Bars or KIND bars- both taste legit, especially given some of the ones on the market!

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    1. aftertheivyleague Post author

      I know! Ahhh. I don’t even want to talk about it. I fell into a deep despair after watching that episode, not even joking. I haven’t read the books either and my friends who have keep telling me that I need to keep watching/read the books. But ugh. I feel like the good guys always lose in this show!

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