You guys might have noticed by now that I like snacks and treats that take about 5 minutes to make. Sure I’ll dole out the time for something special, but on a typical day I aim for less than 10 minutes. This is where simple, homemade Larabars come in! I make these all the time and the flavour possibilities are endless. I rarely make the same combo twice so get creative and make a batch of these raw, vegan easy-as-pie bars!

2-Ingredient Vegan Salted Peanut Bars

Homemade Larabars 3 Ways

I pretty much always a base of dates in these bars. Dates are the perfect sweet food and though they’re high in natural sugar with also pack a ton of nutrition too. The health benefits of these little guys are many but they’re particularly high in fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. They also make an awesome, low-calorie pre-workout snack due to their natural sugars. If you can’t do dates, you can use soaked dried raisins or figs as an alternative. Pour boiling water over them in a bowl and soak for 15 minutes before using.

Energy Bar Variations

I’m sure most of you have heard of, if not tried, a Larabar. They’re fantastic vegan, natural bars that use simple, whole ingredients and they’re a cinch to make at home. In addition to the cup of dates I usually use 1 cups of nuts and then add in whatever you like such as raisins, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, coconut, cacao nibs, lemon zest, almond butter or whatever flavour add-ins you choose!

Whether you purchase Larabars or make you own energy bars at home both are an excellent alternative to other store-bought bars that are full of preservatives, added sugar and other unnecessary ingredients.

How to Make Energy Bars

Here are 3 varieties you can make at home with just a few basic items from the pantry! For each variation simply process all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender, press the dough into a square and cut into 8 bars. Done! I wrap them individually in wax paper so I have a quick and easy snack to grab all week! My favourite of these three is the Coconut Cream but they’re all pretty tasty! Enjoy!

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Caramel Pecan Energy Bars

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  • 1 cup soft pitted dates
  • 1 cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Blend the ingredients together until it forms a thick dough. Press into a square and cut into bars.

2-Ingredient Vegan Salted Peanut Bars

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Coconut Cream Energy Bars

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  1. Blend all ingredients until it forms a thick dough. Place the dough between two pieces of wax or parchment paper and shape into a square. Cut into 8 bars and enjoy.

Vegan No-Bake Almond Oats Bars

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
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  1. Blend ingredients together until they form a thick dough. Press into a square between two sheets of parchment or wax paper then cut into squares and enjoy.

Healthy Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bars