Healthy and delicious no-bake cranberry nut energy bars are packed with protein, fiber, oats and dried fruit. The perfect quick and easy snack to satisfy your hunger and keep you going throughout the day!
Energy bars are a portable and quick snack option for those on the go. There are numerous choices in the market, some of my favorite being Clif Mojo Bar and KIND Healthy Snack Bars. I also enjoy creating my own energy bars at home because I get complete control of what ingredients and flavors I want to incorporate.
I like to add flaxseed, fiber, and protein packed nuts such as peanut and almond. Then to bind the ingredients together and add sweetness, I use natural sweeteners like honey. Crunchy, sweet, and satisfying, this easy no-bake cranberry nut energy bars recipe is the perfect snack for any time of the day!
This recipe is an excellent starting base so you can use your imagination to create the perfect energy bar. Just substitute the main categories of ingredients with other ingredients you prefer.
Tips for making your own customized Energy Bar:
- Nut Butter: Switch up the peanut butter with almond, or cashew butter for a different flavor base.
- Nutritional Ingredients: You can add protein powders, protein crisps, rolled oats, oat bran, flaxseed, or wheat germ to pack more nutrition into the bars.
- Cereal: Any puffed grains will work like Rice Krispies, high fiber cereals, or whole grain puffs. Note that the smaller the size of the grain, the easier the bars will hold together.
- Sweeteners: Syrups like agave can be substituted for honey or a combination of both to adjust the sweetness level of the bar. Natural high-intensity sweeteners like stevia can help enhance the sweetness of the bar with fewer calories.
- Nuts & Seeds: Add cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pistachios or macadamia. Add various seeds like pepitas, sunflower, sesame or poppy.
- Fruit: Add your favorite dried fruit like mango, pineapple, papaya, apple, cherry, date, or fig to change the flavor profile of your bar.
- Add-In’s: Pretzels, chocolate chips, toasted coconut and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger makes your recipe even more flavorful and unique.
Make sure it Sticks!
- When you modify the recipe with new ingredients or adjust the quantity of each ingredient, you may have to increase/decrease the amount of sweetener to help bind the energy bar together.
- The best way to tell if your bars will hold together is by touch; place a small amount of the mixture in your hand and press, if the ingredients stick together without falling apart, you have the right amount of binder.
Energy bars are meant to be small snacks when you are low on energy or used pre/post work out. Many bars can be very high in calorie, so make sure you read product labels. If a bar is over 100 calories, it’s no longer a snack. It can easily become a meal without you realizing it! I recommend cutting your homemade bars into smaller bite size pieces, eating only 1-2 when you need it.
The possibilities are endless, only with experimentation will you find the perfect bar for you! Hopefully, my recipe can be a yummy starting point!
The affects of temperature
The bars are quite soft at room temperature, so if you like your cranberry nut energy bars to be more uniform in shape then refrigerate before cutting. The honey and nut butter will harden slightly and hold the ingredients together. I like to store my energy bars in an airtight plastic container (individually wrapped if they are larger bars), in the refrigerator to retain freshness and have a crunchier and more chewy texture.