Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipe
This super healthy Vegan energy bar recipe is great for a quick boost of sustainable energy when you’re on the mountain, on the tube or just as an indulgent guilt free snack with a cuppa!
These bars contain just 5 grams of natural organic sugars but 15 grams of energy boosting, brain feeding natural fats along with 26g of slow release carbohydrates, meaning you won’t suffer from the sugar crash you get from most energy bars and instead you’ll be fuelled up and ready to rock ‘n’ roll!
If you’re out Mountain biking or Hiking and you have a sugary snack or energy bar that quickly raises your blood sugar levels it will give you a boost, but it’s short-lived. When you eat something with a high sugar content your pancreas starts to secrete insulin. Insulin triggers cells throughout your body to pull the excess glucose out of your bloodstream and store it for later use.
Soon, the glucose available to your brain has dropped. Neurons, unable to store glucose will experience an energy crisis. Soon, you feel spaced-out, weak and confused. Your ability to focus and think suffers. This is why we have developed these energy bars to be high in fats and slow release carbohydrates that will keep you going for a whole day riding singletrack, enduro or downhill mountain biking on some of the toughest energy sapping trails in the Alps!
Fats! I hear you say, surely they are bad for you? Not at all, everyone needs fat in their diet as a source of energy! Our body uses the fat we eat, and fats we make from other nutrients in our bodies to provide the energy for most of our life-functions. It helps to maintain healthy skin and other body tissues. All of our body cells contain some fats and it’s important to obtain these from a healthy and balanced diet.
The key is focusing on the good fats. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats that are found in lots of foods such as Avocado, Nuts, Fish & Olive Oil. The fats found in this recipe (Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT’s) have a long list of health benefits, and they will also be converted by the liver into ketones very quickly which will then provide plenty of energy for your body and brain (the brain is only able to use glucose and ketones for energy).
Coconut oil which is one of the tasty ingredients in this recipe is one of nature’s richest sources of MCTs. Coconut oil has actually been shown to help optimize body weight, which can dramatically reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Besides weight loss it can boost your metabolic rate and will improve your energy, accelerate healing, recovery from exercise and improve your overall immune function.
So, now you know the facts here’s the recipe to my super easy and deliciously sticky bars of healthy love!
- 1 x Cup Chopped Dates
- 1 x Cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1 x Cup of Rolled Oats
- 2 x Tablespoons Lucy Bee Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 x Cup Orange Juice
- 1 x Tablespoon Organic Honey or Agave syrup
- ½ Cup Mixed Nuts (Almonds/Walnuts/Hazelnuts) and Sunflower Seeds
- Preheat oven to 180c (fan) / 350f / Gas Mark 4
- Place all dry ingredients (Chopped dates, Desiccated Coconut, Oats and Nuts) in a large bowl and mix
- Add all wet ingredients (Honey, Coconut Oil and Orange Juice) and give everything a really good stir with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be fairly wet but hold together when pressed against the side of the bowl with a spoon.
- Line a 9”x9” baking tray with greaseproof paper. You do not need to grease this as the oil from the mixture will keep it from sticking.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the centre feels firm to touch.
- Allow to cool in the tin until you cut the bars. This mixture makes approx. 10 bars depending on how big or small you would like them!
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 15 g||24 %|
|Saturated Fat 11 g||55 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 0 mg||0 %|
|Potassium 50 mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 31 g||10 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2 g||8 %|
|Sugars 5 g|
|Protein 4 g||7 %|
|Vitamin A||1 %|
|Vitamin C||21 %|