Introduction: Awesome No-bake Energy Bars

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I love these energy bars because they taste great, easy to make and freeze well.

A lot of energy bars use peanut butter, which is great, but can be overwhelming. These bars, with the combination of honey and coconut (as well as other things) are much lighter on the peanut butter taste. Funnily enough, there's enough PB taste for those who love it, but light enough for those who aren't as enthusiastic.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, your call)
  • 1/3 cup mini-chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chia or flax seed (optional).

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper (optional, but very handy)

Note: The images for this Instructable were done with a triple batch, the amounts listed won't make as much. I could have used another batch to fill the cookie sheet in later steps).

Step 1: Stir It Up

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Start with your dry ingredients (coconut, chocolate chips, oatmeal and flax/chia seeds) and mix together well. Not a necessary step, but can make it easier to ensure you get a consistent mixture.

Add the honey and peanut butter and mix well until you have a pretty thick mixture.

The mixture will be sticky in the end, but if you feel it's a little too wet, add a little more oatmeal.

Step 2: Roll and Cut (or Ball Them Up)

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After you've mixed you ingredients well, you'll want to prepare your cookie sheet.

Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of your cookie sheet and place on the bottom.

Bar them

Put your mixture on the parchment, and lay another sheet of parchment over the top of the mixture. This helps keep your rolling pin from sticking to the mixture.

Roll out your bars to your desired thickness. I used the edges of the sheet to get a relatively consistent thickness by running my pin on two sides at once.

After rolling out, cut to the desired size. Cover with the parchment before freezing (just in case).

Or

Ball them

If you don't want to have flat bars, you can refrigerate your mixture for 30min, then roll clumps of the mixture into small balls and place on a cookie sheet for freezing.

I prefer the bars as they can be eaten easier when fully frozen where as the balls have to thaw more first, but to each their own.

Freeze them!

After making into the desired shape, put the entire cookie sheet and bars into the freezer for an hour or so.

Step 3: Break Them Up

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Once frozen, the bars will be less gooey and easily separate. This way you can stack them without worry that you're going to have a single monolith of energy bar. I still stagger them for easier separation.

Place in a freezer bag and you're good to go.

These bars are great as a snack or pre/post workout energy.

Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Comments

Kavalon80 made it! (author)2016-05-20

Two words: SUPER DELICIOUS!

Joshua_Howe (author)Kavalon802016-05-23

Excellent! Glad you tried them out and enjoyed them.

mrsmerwin (author)2017-02-20

If you let them thaw, do they get sticky again? I am usually taking my granola bars with me and I am wondering how much of a mess I should expect.

Joshua_Howe (author)mrsmerwin2017-02-21

Yes, they get sticky when thawed out. For another recipe, date based, I rolled them in oats before freezing and that seemed to help. It would probably work here too. Thanks for checking them out.

mrsmerwin (author)Joshua_Howe2017-02-21

I will probably try it that way. Thanks

MichaelsTestKitchen made it! (author)2016-07-27

Great recipe! Will be making these more often.

pw6163 (author)2016-06-14

Mine looked a bit different, but that's probably because I used coconut flakes. The first batch was too dry, so the adhesion wasn't that good, but that's going down to insufficient honey. Mind you, they tasted fantastic. Used Macadamia paste (we have lots of Macadamia's down here in Oz) in the second batch for a different taste.

Very impressed though :)

Joshua_Howe (author)pw61632016-06-15

Glad you enjoy them. Macadamia sounds nice. Here in the NE US, they're fairly expensive (as are a lot of nuts) so I hadn't thought to use them.

mcollins9 made it! (author)2016-05-17

Delicious!!! Almost just like a Clif Bar but I know exactly what went into it!

mcollins9 (author)mcollins92016-05-17

I also added some crushed pecans.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

That sounds good. I hope you enjoyed them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

Joshua_Howe (author)mcollins92016-05-19

Great, glad you liked them. Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see that people are actually making them.

crazycrazypete (author)2016-05-06

These were great!

Glad you liked them. They're a favorite here too.

k8tk (author)2016-05-04

just tried a different recipe that I am not thrilled with, but I did get an idea from it to apply to your recipe. You can add a scoop of protein powder to increase that percentage per bar. Additionally, toast some of the oats and the flax seed for flavor. Dates or any dried fruit will add sweetness and moisture if you don't like honey or agave. Making this as soon as the other stuff is used up. Thanks

Joshua_Howe (author)k8tk2016-05-04

I've not tried protein powder, but I'm sure there's sufficient moisture to get them to stick. I may try to add some finely chopped dried fruit after this batch is used up. Thanks for the tips.

Meglymoo87 (author)2016-04-29

Mother of 3...definitely need me some of these! :)

Joshua_Howe (author)Meglymoo872016-05-02

I don't think you'll be disappointed. Let me know how it goes.

actionace made it! (author)2016-04-30

Thanks for the recipe. I shared this with my wife and she made it :) They're so good.

Joshua_Howe (author)actionace2016-05-02

Excellent, glad you like them. Thanks for sharing your success.

owenr14 (author)2016-04-24

What could i use instead of PB as I am allergic to peanuts?

Dick_Knipple (author)owenr142016-04-25

You can use any other nut butter. I like almond butter, and my favourite is cashew butter. If you want to make your own you can by using a grinder attachment on your food processor. Put the nuts in and grind them, then repeat until you get a buttery substance. Add a pinch of sea salt if you like, or anything you would like to flavour it with. Alternatively search for alternative nut butters with Google. I think Amazon can supply most of them.

JohnE12 (author)owenr142016-04-24

Hi;

you could try melting extra chocolate and use that as the binding agent, I sometimes do this when I'm low on honey for flapjacks ... this seems to work as the kids usually eat them before I get a look-in! If its a bit gooey add more oats....

Joshua_Howe (author)JohnE122016-04-25

I like the idea of the chocolate, but does it get too hard to bite when it cools?

NathanS145 (author)Joshua_Howe2016-04-25

It does not. I prefer to use Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate in my oatmeal, it makes it a little creamier.

Joshua_Howe (author)NathanS1452016-04-25

Great, good to know.

Da-Jeweler (author)owenr142016-04-24

You should be able to use any nut butter like sunflower, cashew, etc. If you are allergic to chocolate you could substitute carob chips.

Joshua_Howe (author)Da-Jeweler2016-04-25

Absolutely great ideas.

mmixer-1 (author)owenr142016-04-24

Almond or Sunflower seed butter is what I use. I'm not personally allergic but circle of exclusion is important for those around me. There is also creamed coconut, it needs to be warmed for mixing but it will cool to a more solid consistency than any nut butter, and has a pleasant taste.

Joshua_Howe (author)mmixer-12016-04-25

I've not tried those seed butters, but am sure they'd work fine. I'm loving all of the great recommendations on this post, I may have to update the original post.

susancash77. (author)2016-04-24

You call these "Energy Bars". Since I get very confused at what I should and should not eat, (seems the rules on things keep changing), do you have any idea of the nutritional value along with the fat/sugar/carb/calorie counts? I also am not a coconut fan and wold like an alternative idea. These sound good for myself and my granddaughters!

NathanS145 (author)susancash77.2016-04-25

You don't have to use coconut, this is a personal recipe.

I use a similar recipe, it's tough to gauge the nutritional value just because it depends on the ingredients. Calorie is a unit of energy, things like Peanut Butter and Oatmeal are high in calories and high in good fat and protein. The best part about using oatmeal in snacks is that it continues expanding in your belly, so it will last longer. The bad thing in this recipe, and mine is the chocolate. Albeit, dark chocolate in moderation is good for you, I do not like dark chocolate.

If you use the right ingredients and try to use natural ingredients, then the overall nutritional value will be right where you want it.

2 tbsp. of PB is 195 calories, contains: 8 grams of carbs, 16 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.
Quick 1-Minute oats with a serving of 40 grams is: 150 calories and contains: 27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.

HyVee branded baking chips (Milk Chocolate): 33 pieces is 80 calories and contains: 10 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein.

NathanS145 (author)susancash77.2016-04-25

You don't have to use coconut, this is a personal recipe.

I use a similar recipe, it's tough to gauge the nutritional value just because it depends on the ingredients. Calorie is a unit of energy, things like Peanut Butter and Oatmeal are high in calories and high in good fat and protein. The best part about using oatmeal in snacks is that it continues expanding in your belly, so it will last longer. The bad thing in this recipe, and mine is the chocolate. Albeit, dark chocolate in moderation is good for you, I do not like dark chocolate.

If you use the right ingredients and try to use natural ingredients, then the overall nutritional value will be right where you want it.

2 tbsp. of PB is 195 calories, contains: 8 grams of carbs, 16 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.
Quick 1-Minute oats with a serving of 40 grams is: 150 calories and contains: 27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.

HyVee branded baking chips (Milk Chocolate): 33 pieces is 80 calories and contains: 10 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein.

NathanS145 (author)susancash77.2016-04-25

You don't have to use coconut, this is a personal recipe.

I use a similar recipe, it's tough to gauge the nutritional value just because it depends on the ingredients. Calorie is a unit of energy, things like Peanut Butter and Oatmeal are high in calories and high in good fat and protein. The best part about using oatmeal in snacks is that it continues expanding in your belly, so it will last longer. The bad thing in this recipe, and mine is the chocolate. Albeit, dark chocolate in moderation is good for you, I do not like dark chocolate.

If you use the right ingredients and try to use natural ingredients, then the overall nutritional value will be right where you want it.

2 tbsp. of PB is 195 calories, contains: 8 grams of carbs, 16 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.
Quick 1-Minute oats with a serving of 40 grams is: 150 calories and contains: 27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.

HyVee branded baking chips (Milk Chocolate): 33 pieces is 80 calories and contains: 10 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein.

Joshua_Howe (author)susancash77.2016-04-25

I'm very much in the mind of balance in my diet. I have no issue eating fats, sugars etc, but don't eat large quantities or do it frequently. I have these as a condensed source of sugars and fats for energy for working out (pre/post) or hiking etc. I also don't eat much processed food. So while these have sugars etc, they don't have the preservatives of commercial snacks. (That being said, I'm no nutritionist).

stytches (author)susancash77.2016-04-24

If you're looking for the nutritional value, a pretty easy way is to plug it into arecipe calculator: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

It's pretty simple to use and will give you all the values you're looking for. Hope it helps

shortfatguy (author)susancash77.2016-04-24

GOOD IDEA. ADD OR SUBTRACT INGREDIENTS EXCEPT INGREDIENT THAT IS "THE GLUE". IN THIS CASE PEANUT BUTTER. MY INGREDIANTS ARE: WALNUTS,ALMONDS,PINE NUTS, HAZEL NUTS, BRAZIL NUTS,DRIED FRUITS;BLUEBERRY,CRANBERRY,APRICOTS,DATES,FIGS,PRUNES,RAISEN

BANANA,PINEAPPLE. RUN ALL OF THE ABOVE THRU A BLENDER. DUMP INTO LARGE BOWL. TO THE BOWL I ADD COCONUT,CHIA SEEDS,LOTS OF OATMEAL(WHOLE AND GROUND AS FLOUR{I MAKE MY OWN}),GROUND FLAX SEED,NUTRITIONAL YEAST(ADDS COMPLETE B-VITAMEN SPECTRUM)(KEY WORD IS: NUTRITIONAL,DO NOT USE BAKING YEAST!),QUINOU,MILLET,AMARANTH,WHEAT BRAN,WHEAT GERM,NUTMEG,CINNAMON,GINGER,MOLASSES,BUCKWHEAT HONEY. BULK GREEN TEA. RUN ANY OR ALL OR NOT THRU A COFFEE GRINDER.MY LAST TWO INGREDIANTS ARE ORGANIC COCONUT OIL MELTED BUT NOT HOT(MELTS AROUND 75 OR SO).COULD BE HOT I SUPPOSE BUT I LIKE GETTING MY CLEAN HANDS INTO THE BOWL AND DON'T WANT BURNED FINGERS.AND AT LEAST 70% DARK UNSWEETENED POWDERED COCOA. ADD TO TASTE PREFERANCE(KEY WORDS:UNSWEETENED AND DARK!)

MIX THROUGHLY, HANDS OR WHATEVER,

THE CONSISTENCY NEEDS TO BE(OR SHOULD) MAINTAIN ITS SHAPE IF A BALL OR GLOP OF THE MIXTURE PLACED ON A FLAT SURFACE.

USE PURE METAL(OR GLASS) COOKIE SHEETS.(1/2 TO 1 INCH DEEP) NO NON-STICK, THIS IS A CHEMICAL FREE NUTRITIONAL TREAT.

SPREAD EVENLY,SIDE TO SIDE,END TO END

FREEZE UNTIL ROCK SOLID

CUT INTO 1 INCH SQUARES(OR WHATEVER,THIS IS CALORIE DENSE!!)

BAG IN FREEZER SAVE CONTAINERS

FREEZE( EASILY KEEPS 6 MONTHS IN FREEZER)

I EAT ONE EVERY MORNING WITH MY UNFLAVORED GREEK YOGART FOR BREAKFAST.

ENJOY!!! THIS WILL SETTLE CHOCOLATE AND SUGAR CRAVINGS.

BJeanBaird (author)2016-04-24

They sound great, I believe I have all of the ingredients in the pantry.....I have to go a fix some now! Thank you!

Joshua_Howe (author)BJeanBaird2016-04-25

They're so easy, I hope you enjoyed them.

Jrrrico (author)2016-04-24

Looks Great, Thanks

Joshua_Howe (author)Jrrrico2016-04-25

You're welcome.

RogerD5 (author)2016-04-24

Voted because for this work you deserve it. Tried it, made a nice batch, and tasted beyond amazing.

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