Any Shape Snack Bars

Stop splurging on expensive energy bars and opt for this delicious DIY version.

Posted on | By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD , Jim Perko Sr. CEC, AAC | Comments ()

How much have you spent in the past year on energy bars both in terms of your wallet and in terms of your health? Chances are both were more than you realized. Next time, take control over your food and make your own. Making your own bars can help you control portion size and calories and can also ensure ingredients found in the grocery store, not the chemistry lab. Here’s a recipe to start with! These homemade bars are free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives and you won’t find any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in these tasty treats. Making your own bars is also a great way to control added sugars. So next time you’re at the grocery store, skip the bar aisle and give these homemade snacks a try instead!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups gold raisins
  • 3/4 cup sugar-free dried cranberries
  • 5 brown rice cakes
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Directions

Pre-heat over to 300°F.

Place walnuts in food processor and pulse until fine.

Add raisins and cranberries and pulse until mixture becomes sticky.

Add rice cakes and pulse until fine and mixture is loose.

Add cinnamon, agave nectar, vanilla, orange juice and process until gummy/sticky.

Remove from processor, divide into 16 balls, flatten and shape as desired. Round like circle, rectangle like a bar or long like a pencil and bend into your initials.

Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake in a 300°F oven until just firm about 20 to 25 minutes. If you like them crisper, no problem, just bake them longer.

Recipe By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Recipe By Jim Perko Sr. CEC, AAC
Jim Perko is an ACF-certified Judge and the innovative creator of hundreds of deliciously healthy recipes, many of which can be...