Growing up, granola bars were the snack of choice. My mom never made them, but she bought different varieties and my sisters and I ate them (or occasionally traded them for a sweet we weren't allowed to have) with each passing school day. Recently I've started to make granola bars at home, working to develop a version I could sell with my granola company, Marge and I've stumbled upon many wonderful no-bake energy bars that are made largely with dates as a binding agent, and boast fresh ingredients like cranberries, apricots or peanut butter. I'm sold.
While they're technically no-bake, a few of the recipes will have you turning on your oven just to toast the nuts, but otherwise most of them are one-bowl affairs that require processing the ingredients in a food processor, pressing the mixture into a pan and chilling until firm. It's that easy. And most definitely less expensive than buying similar snacks at the store.
Try a Recipe:
• Chocolate Cranberry Power Bars- Elana's Pantry (pictured above)
• Peanut Butter Energy Bars - Serious Eats
• Big Sur Energy Bars - 101 Cookbook
• Chocolate Date Energy Bars - Five Second Rule
• Apricot Coconut Energy Bars - Shutterbean
Related: Homemade Power Bars
(Image: Elana's Pantry)