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 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.
How would you customize these Homemade Energy Bars?
Homemade Energy Bars with Dark Chocolate & Almonds
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.
Add to goji berries, coconut, flax, cinnamon and salt, and process until the mixture is well combined.
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.
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.
Place in the fridge for at least one hour to harden. Cut into 1 x 4 inch bars and enjoy!
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!