Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day. | platingsandpairings.com

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They’re packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day.

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day. | platingsandpairings.com

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day. | platingsandpairings.comThese Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds are my savior during the work week – I like to grab one for breakfast, and I also keep a stash at work with me to curb those mid-day sugar cravings – Essential for when there’s a big batch of homemade cookies in the break room. The best part is that it just takes about 10 minutes of prep time on Sunday, and you’ll have enough bars to last you through the week!

With the dark chocolate chips and almond butter, they’re a bit like biting into a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but they’re a deceptively healthy energy snack – Packed with superfoods like flax seed, coconut oil and goji berries. They’re rich in protein, fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin C – nutrients which we can all use more of in our daily diets.

Another thing I love about this recipe is that it can be switched up to suit your personal preferences – or to just change things up from time to time. Try swapping out the almond butter for peanut butter or sunflower seed butter. Can’t get your hands on goji berries? Try adding in some dried cranberries or raisins instead. Don’t care for chocolate? Leave it out entirely, or add in some butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips. You can even add in cacao nibs for a healthier option.

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day. | platingsandpairings.com

I’m going to be playing around with lots of variations – Top on my list? Swapping in this vanilla almond butter, chopped up dried apricots (instead of the goji berries), and white chocolate chips.

How would you customize these Homemade Energy Bars?

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day. | platingsandpairings.com

Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds

Course: Snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 15 bars
Author: Erin
These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout your day.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the dates and coconut oil in your food processor or high powered blender (such as a Vitamix). Add the seed or nut butter. Process until well blended.
  2. Add to goji berries, coconut, flax, cinnamon and salt, and process until the mixture is well combined.
  3. Add the almonds and the chocolate chips and process until mixture is a dough-like consistency. You may need to add 2-3 tablespoons of water in order to form a mass.
  4. Scoop the mixture into a 8 x 8 inch pan, lined with parchment paper and press the mixture down firmly with the back of a spoon.
  5. Place in the fridge for at least one hour to harden. Cut into 1 x 4 inch bars and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store these bars in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you allow the bars to come to room temperature, they will soften up too much and will be difficult to eat.

Tips for Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds:

  • Substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the goji berries – These bars are easy to adjust to your favorite ingredients.
  • For an even healthier option, swap out the dark chocolate chips for cacao nibs.

Looking for more healthy energy snacks? Try these Butterscotch Energy Bites too!

These Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or healthy snack. They're packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized throughout the day. | platingsandpairings.com

15 comments

  1. allie

    Hi Erin – these look great! So much goodness you packed into this bar. Definitely want to try these – dark chocolate and almonds are the best!

    Reply

  2. Lucy Brandes

    Arg! I ran out the door to my daughter’s pediatrician appointment without having breakfast and I was ravenous the whole time. I totally could have used one of these bars 🙂 I love anything with chocolate and almonds. Yum!

    Reply

  3. Pech

    You sold me when you said it’s like Reeses Peanut Butter Cup but a healthier version

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    1. Erin

      I’m obsessed with Reeses – These make it easier to be guilt free!

      Reply

  4. Brianne

    These look so good! Seems like they would make the perfect on-the-go snack!

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  5. Waz

    As always, your creations look delicious! I’ll have to give your recipe a try, and it’s fun that these bars can easily be customized. Love the idea of chocolate in a breakfast bar. I’ll take chocolate any time of the day. 😉

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    1. Erin

      It’s definitely easier to get out of bed when you know you get chocolate first thing in the morning Waz 😉

      Reply

  6. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    I’ve been experimenting with different energy bites and bars too. This one looks delicious!!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn! I bet you need them after all those workouts you’ve been logging in – You’re my gym hero!

      Reply

  7. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    What a great alternative to having cookies at work. I love all different types of energy bars and these look fabulous, if I were to customize them, I’d through in a bunch of chocolate chips.

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    1. Erin

      The chocolate chips *might* be the best part… 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Reply

  8. Stephanie | RACERiCE

    Hi Erin, thanks for the recipe! These look absolutely delicious! I’ve been scouring the internet for easy to do homemade energy bar recipes and these are just perfect! Will be munching on these all day! Thanks!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Stephanie – I really think you’ll enjoy them! I need to make another batch this weekend!!!

      Reply

  9. Juan Pedro

    This recipe looks delicious.
    Can´t wait to try it.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  10. sagar kafaltiya

    my 6 years old cousin brother was asking fo chocolate bar that time every shop was closed this article helped me a lot thanks admin

    Reply

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