Healthy Gifts for Busy Friends: 6 Recipes for Homemade Energy Bars

Healthy Gifts for Busy Friends: 6 Recipes for Homemade Energy Bars

Anjali Prasertong
Nov 29, 2012

Whether they are students, new parents, or friends with demanding jobs, you probably have a few loved ones who would appreciate the gift of healthy, homemade, energy-dense snacks that are easy to eat on the go. From a helpful step-by-step guide to making classic granola bars to a no-added-sugar, grain-free Larabar lookalike, these 6 recipes will have you well on your way to a big batch of high-energy snacks for gifting — or for keeping on hand to fuel you through the season ahead.

Freezing will extend the shelf life of these bars, so after cutting them into portions and wrapping them individually in wax paper or parchment paper (optional), pack them into a freezer-safe container with a label. They'll be easy to grab on the go, and a whole lot fresher and tastier than their shelf-stable store-bought counterparts.

Energy Bar Recipes

4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars
Homemade Power Bars
Crunchy Granola Bars
The Raw Brownie from My New Roots (like a homemade Larabar!)
DIY Nutri-Grain Fruit and Nut Bars
How To Make Homemade Granola Bars

More Energy Bars on The Kitchn

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Do you have a favorite recipe for energy bars?

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