Steven’s Homemade energy bar recipe

The other day on facebook, I saw a recipe on my friend Steven’s page that looked really good. I’ve made my share of protein balls and other energy bars, but this recipe turned out so good. I did modify it a bit, though, based on my personal tastes and what I had in stock.


They hold up well if you’re planning on taking them with you on a run. Although, if it’s a hot day I might not choose these, because I’m pretty sure they would get soft and sticky in the heat. I have been eating them as a recovery food. I don’t like to eat a big meal post workout, so a small square of one of these works out perfect. I made them as part of my Sunday Food Prep, if you’re not sure what that is take a look HERE

I feel I should warn you, these are not low in calories, so if you are watching those, keep your portion size small.

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How to Make

In a food processor add the following and blend until smooth:

1 cup of natural peanut butter or Sunbutter

1/4 to 1/2 cup of Honey

1/2 cup of Pitted Dates or Figs

1/8 cup of Flax Meal (Optional)

1/8 cup of Chia seeds (Optional)

1/4 Plain or Vanilla Protein Power (Optional)

1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon or Nutmeg

1 tsp. sea salt

1/4 to 1/2 cup of Coconut oil

Mix the following in by hand or pulse in with the food processor:

1/2 cup of chopped nuts

1 cup of Rolled Oats

1/8 cup of shelled Sunflower Seeds

1/8 cup of dried Gogi Berries, dried fruit, or cocoa nibs

1/8 cup of 70% Dark Chocolate chips

Form the Bars by pressing the mixture into an 8X8 baking dish, cover with wax paper, and press down once again to smooth.

Refrigerate until firm (about an 1 hour), then slice into bite sized squares and enjoy. Store them in your refrigerator.


Tell me in the comments below other things you would add in!

About Lisa

Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Look amazing!! I love homemade protein bars/balls and these have all the good stuff in them!!

  2. Oh. This is just yum. We had homemade bars today too…I love that we can pack so many superfoods into these delightful packages of NUTRITION!

  3. Those look great! I’m always looking for portable snacks and/or recovery foods to eat after a long run since most things repulse me. Love the ingredients – such good stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I think I have all those ingredients–might have to get busy with it!

  5. those look UNREAL good! will you bring some to Blend? I love your creations. or Steve’s creations. hehe

  6. love homemade bars!! and these look like they’re totally packed with good stuff!!

  7. I’ve GOT to try these…and I’ve GOT to go comment on your latest posts. lol I’ve been so behind on commenting!!!

  8. These look and sound fantastic. I think either cranberries or dried cherries would be fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Perfect timing- I was just getting the itch to make some kind of granola bar….. these looks delish!!

  10. Those sound great. I’ve never made my own bars, but this recipe looks easy enough even for me.

  11. These look awesome! I’ve been trying to find a good bar recipe so I’ve got stuff to eat on my long rides. I might have to give this a go.

  12. Just printed and shared with bunches of friends at work! Sooooooo yummy!

  13. Amazing! I’m so making these.

  14. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Look delish!! I am too lazy to make with all those ingredients – will you send my way! ;)

  16. These look amazzzzbars!

  17. I found a recipe that is similar, but has less ingredients in it. One of the ingredients that I like that is in mine, that would work well in these too is quinoa. An extra source of protein to add to the mix! I also saw one that used instant coffee for a caffeine kick, I think I will try some bite sized ones of those for an upcoming road trip. :)

  18. WHOA! Talk about CRAZY healthy!! :) All those chunks just scream: “I am BURSTING with health benefits!”

  19. Yum. These look delish! I just pinned!

  20. These look amazing! Packed with ingredients! thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  21. Valuable information. Fortunate me I discovered your web site accidentally, and I’m surprised why this coincidence did not came about in advance! I bookmarked it.


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