These healthy no-bake energy bars with hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and raisins make a great alternative to store-bought granola bars. They’re vegan, gluten-free, easy to make and have a delicious oatmeal raisin flavour that makes a great snack, breakfast or dessert.
The following recipe and content is a guest post by Ashley from Blissful Basil. Thank you, Ashley!
Homemade Energy Bar Benefits
Although these Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Bars with Hemp and Chia Seeds are easy to make, don’t dare underestimate their talents; they packs oodles of flavor and an energetic kick. Did I mention they taste like oatmeal raisin cookies? Well, they do, and they make smart snacking feel a smidge decadent. Plus, each and every ingredient in these bars extends a generous nutritional offering (e.g., hemp seeds = complete protein source, dates = rich in fiber/potassium/iron, walnuts = rich in Omega-3s, etc.).
How to Make No-Bake Energy Bars
To make these bars, you’ll simply toss dates, oats, walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg into a food processor. You’ll process until a crumbly mixture is formed and stir in raisins and pepitas to add texture and a dash of color. After pressing the mixture into a pan, you’ll pop it in the freezer to set for a hot chilly minute. Then, you’ll slice into squares and enjoy. Here’s to having our health and eating blissfully too.Print
These healthy no-bake energy bars are loaded with healthy ingredients like hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and oats. Try them for a quick breakfast, snack or dessert! These bars are gluten-free, vegan and have no added oil or sugar.
- 1 ½ cups medjool dates, pitted and packed
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ½ cup raw walnuts
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins
- Add the dates, oats, walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a food processor. Pulse several times and then process until a crumbly, sticky mixture is formed.
- Transfer the mixture to a large mixture bowl, add in the raisins and pepitas, and fold to incorporate.
- Line a 9×13” baking pan with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture to the pan, and use your hands to press down into the pan. You’ll only need about two-thirds of the pan, so push the mixture up against one side of the pan and work out from there, forming a ½-inch-thick bar. Note: if the mixture is sticking to your hands, wet them slightly to repel the stickiness of the dates.
- Transfer the pan to the freezer to set for 1 hour.
- Once set, remove the large bar from the pan by lifting up the parchment paper. Slice into squares.
Note: I recommend storing these energy squares in the freezer to maintain a firm, sink-your-teeth-in-yummy texture.