- 1 1/2 cups Organic Oats
- 1/2 cup Almonds unsalted
- 1/2 cup Cashews unsalted
- 1/2 cup Walnuts
- 1/4 cup Flaxseeds golden or brown
- 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds raw
- 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds raw
- 1 cup Dried Fruit Any on hand, a mixture of more than 2, etc.
- 1 scoop of Protein Powder any that you like or use. I use Organic Vanilla Protein powder
- 3/4 cup Maple Syrup or 1/2 cup Pure Honey + 1/4 cup Pure Maple
Turn the oven to 190C/375F and allow it to preheat.
On a large baking sheet combine together oats, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Toast it for 5 minutes, mix it then toast for another 2 minutes. Do not burn and do not get it fully toasted, this is just to release the aroma, and get that amazing taste so do not skip this step either. Take it out of the oven and let it slightly cool down. You may crush it if you prefer less chunky nuts.
Cut dried fruit into smaller chunks as well. Place it on the cutting board and roughly chop.
Add all the dried ingredients in the large bowl, then add Maple syrup. Read notes for more info.
Mix the whole mixture together. Use your hands to mix it (This is also an amazing skin scrub).
Line the middle of a deep baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper, 9×9 inch square pan is perfect. If you want these bars to have height then use a smaller pan.
Oil your hand with healthy oils, avocado oil, oil, coconut oil and similar then lightly oil the pan sides.
Transfer the mixture to the pan and press with your oily fingers and hand for a couple of minutes until the mixture is firm.
Cover with a plastic film or wax paper and place in the fridge.
Allow it to set for at least 2 hours before eating, but the best results are 24 hours in the fridge.
This recipe is really versatile. So, you can go crazy and add any fruit, nuts or seeds that tickles your fancy. If you are the type of person who prefers less sugar in your bar Maple syrup is the way to go. As far as sugars go, I suggest pure maple syrup. It’s one of the least harmful. Honey or agave nectar is a great alternative to use as well, but if you are able to use pure maple rather use that. This easy energy bar recipe delivers quite a few energy bars, and can make up to 14 servings depending on the size of the pan you use or how you cut the bars. As for Nutritional value, these bars are between 340-380 calories, depending what brands of protein powder, dried fruit or maple syrup you are using of course.