Energy bars are essential around this time of year. Busy morning leaves you no time for breakfast? Boom! Energy bar. Your kid decides she’s over sandwiches for lunch and you need to give her something with nutritional value so you don’t feel like a garbage parent? Protein bar to the rescue! That afternoon slump hitting you harder than usual? A granola bar is the perfect pick-me-up.
While store-bought bar options are pretty much endless, there’s something about homemade energy bars that you just can’t beat. Plus, it’s fun to customize them to your own tastes and use ingredients you have on hand.
Need some energy bar inspiration? Here are 8 recipes we adore:
Switch up your homemade granola bar routine with these five-ingredient granola slices. Bonus: they taste like a candy bar.
Seedy White Chocolate Granola Slices from Heartbeet Kitchen
These bars have it all—oats and apricots for quick energy, pumpkin seeds and flaxseed for healthy fats, and protein powder to keep you full and satisfied. Oh, and chocolate because: chocolate.
No-Bake Apricot Oat Protein Bars from Cotter Crunch
Everything about this recipe is amazing: you can make bars in your slow cooker! Also, you can eat steel cut oats in bar form! Mind. Blown.
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats Energy Bars from Food Faith Fitness
The secret ingredient in these homemade energy bars? Espresso! Get your morning caffeine fix and breakfast all in one convenient package.
Breakfast Pep N Power Bars from Hello Glow
With a filling combination of whole grains and seeds, these bars are like an upgraded version of traditional granola bars.
Chewy Vegan Blueberry Millet-Quinoa Snack Bars from Blissful Basil
We couldn’t do an energy bar roundup without including homemade Larabars! We love that these are gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30 compliant, and vegan too.
Homemade Apple Pie Larabars from Bakerita
These crunchy bars are sweetened with only dates and honey—and they can be frozen for up to 3 months!
1-Bowl Quinoa Crunch Snack Bars from Sally’s Baking Addition