Pecan Energy Bar Recipe (2024)

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This homemade energy bar recipe is the perfect wholesome snack! It’s naturally sweet, featuring oats, chia seeds, and pecans.

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Wholesome snacks is a topic Alex and I get asked about a lot. Now that we have a toddler, we think about it a lot too! This energy bar recipe is our newest invention for healthy snacks. And let me tell you, our son Larson is OBSESSED with them, too! Not only are these kid approved, they’re perfect for adult snacking too. The sweet flavor is reminiscent of pecan pie,and they’re full of superfoods like pecans and chia seeds.

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What’s great about pecans?

Pecans are the star in this energy bar recipe! There are so many things Alex and I love about this nut. Pecans are:

  • Nutritious: Pecans are very nutrient dense! They’reamong the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats, and contain protein, fiber,flavonoids and essential minerals (copper, manganese and zinc).
  • Versatile:They’re not just for pecan pie! They’re an easy snack right out of the bag or mixed with dried fruit for a fast trail mix. We love tossing them into our morning oatmeal, on yogurt, and onto green salads. Of course, using pecans in granola and energy bars is only natural.
  • Local: Of all the major tree nuts eaten in the US, pecans are the only onesindigenous to America! They were originally grown wild and enjoyed by Native Americans. Now they’re harvested in over a dozen Southern states.
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What’s in this energy bar recipe?

Why make an energy bar recipe at home instead of buying it? Well, it lets you control the ingredients so you know exactly what’s in it! They’re also slightly cheaper than store bought. The energy bars we like to make are similar to store bought Larabars. But our homemade version is about 2/3 less cost and you have ultimate control over the ingredients! Here’s what’s in them:

  • Pecans
  • Medjool dates
  • Oats
  • Chia seeds (gives a boost of protein, fiber and Omega 3s!)

How to make homemade energy bars

To make this energy bar recipe, you’ll need a large size food processor for blending the ingredients. Here are the basic steps:

  • In a food processor, blend together Medjool dates, pecans, oats, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until a sticky dough forms.
  • Press it into an even layer on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the bars for 30 minutes at 200 degrees, which helps to dry them out a bit and improves the texture so they’re not so sticky.
  • Cut them into bars that are 3 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide.
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Are they kid friendly?

YES. our toddler Larson is SO into these! They’re a great kid friendly snack that’s also naturally vegan and gluten free. Here are a few photos of him gnawing on these pecan energy bars. (Where did our baby go?)

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Looking for pecan recipes?

The pecan is one of our favorite nuts and we love working it into recipes! Here are a few of our favorite pecan recipes:

  • Candied Pecans
  • Glazed Pecans
  • Toasted Homemade Breakfast Cereal
  • Pumpkin Pecan Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
  • Acai Bowl Recipe…with pecan topping!
  • Healthy Maple Pecan Granola

This energy bar recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Homemade Energy Bar Recipe

★★★★★4.4 from 9 reviews
  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
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Description

This homemade energy bar recipe is the perfect wholesome snack! It’s naturally sweet, featuring oats, chia seeds, and pecans.

Ingredients

Scale

  • 15 Medjool dates (9 ounces)*
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • ½ cup gluten free oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200F.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates with your fingers (they come right out!). Place the dates in the food processor and process or pulse until they are mainly chopped and a rough texture forms. Then add the remaining ingredients and process for a minute or so until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Dump the dough into the center of the parchment paper and use a rolling pin to roll it into a rectangle that is 6” x 10.5”. Cut the dough into 14 bars that are 1.5” x 3”. (You don’t have to be as precise as we were, but we found it was easiest for cutting uniform bars!)
  4. Bake the bars for 30 minutes (this step helps to make the texture more dry and less sticky). Cool the bars to room temperature, then store refrigerated in a sealed container between sheets of wax paper. If you’d like to package them for on the go snacking, cut out 4” x 6” rectangles of wax paper, wrap them around the bars, and secure them with tape. Stays good for 1 month refrigerated (or more, but they may not last that long!).

Notes

* We recommend using Medjool dates: they’re a large, tender and sweet variety of dates that create the perfect texture for these bars. They’re available at most grocery stores; many times they are in the bulk or produce section, or packaged in the dried fruit section.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pecans, Pecan Bar, Larabar, Homemade Larabar, Energy Bar, Pecan Energy Bar, Superfood Bar, Healthy Snack, Healthy Pecan Bar, Healthy Granola Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Snacks for Travel, Kid Friendly, Kid Foods, Kid Approved

Last updated: January 2020

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FAQs

What makes energy bars stick together? ›

Honey – Along with the nut butter, it helps all these ingredients stick together! I love its warm amber flavor in this recipe. Vanilla extract – It amps up the bars' warm flavor.

What is the difference between energy bars and granola bars? ›

Granola bars are typically a lighter mix of nuts, grains and dried fruit. While many granola bars make a great snack in between meals, energy bars are often higher in protein and calories and better for a post-workout refuel -- or in some cases, a small meal.

How long do homemade energy bars last? ›

Another study concluded that an energy bar made from underutilized Chironji seeds was safe to consume within 15 days after production if kept at room temperature . Additionally, energy bars made from sorghum were found to be acceptable up to 60 days of storage and had good shelf life .

Can energy bars be frozen? ›

Freezing: Energy bars can also be frozen for extended storage. Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap or place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. They can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature before consuming.

What should be avoided in energy bars? ›

Ingredients to avoid: High-fructose corn syrup: Added as an inexpensive sweetener, it is worse than regular white sugar. Soy isolate: It may sound natural and healthy, being a soy product, but it's not something you could make yourself (warning sign!).

What to avoid in energy bars? ›

Like other processed products, energy bars commonly contain GE ingredients. Keep a look out for corn syrup and soy lecithin, especially.

Is it OK to eat energy bars everyday? ›

While protein bars can be enjoyed regularly, consuming them as meal replacements or as your primary protein source isn't recommended. Pay close attention to nutrition labels, as many protein bars contain added sugars, saturated fats and other low-nutrient ingredients.

Is it good to eat energy bars everyday? ›

Not necessarily. The problem is, instead of using a bar as a replacement for breakfast or lunch, people end up eating it in addition to whatever else is on their plate, pumping up the calories in their daily tally.

How many energy bars can you eat in a day? ›

One or two protein bars a day are well within the recommended intake. But remember: the more protein-rich fruit and nut bars you eat, the more calories you're getting – something to bear in mind if you want to stick to a balanced diet.

What makes a good energy bar? ›

Read the Ingredients: Look for energy bars with natural and wholesome ingredients. Avoid bars with high levels of added sugars or artificial ingredients. Nutritional Balance: Choose bars that offer a good balance of macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

What are the side effects of energy bars? ›

Moreover, the inclusion of added sugars or artificial sweeteners can disrupt blood sugar levels, contribute to sugar cravings, and negatively impact gut health. Furthermore, digestive issues may arise from consuming protein bars regularly, particularly due to the high fibre content or the presence of sugar alcohol.

Why are energy bars so expensive? ›

The cost of ingredients, research and development, manufacturing and packaging, distribution and marketing, and the limited economies of scale all contribute to the expensive nature of protein bars.

Can you live off energy bars? ›

While eating only energy bars isn't that realistic, it's reassuring to know that they can provide you with all the nutrients you need.

Can I eat energy bar at night? ›

While it's generally best to avoid eating close to bedtime, there are situations where you just get hungry. In those cases, energy bars can be a suitable late-night snack, as long as you eat them in moderation.

How long does it take for an energy bar to give you energy? ›

If you're up for an early morning cycle on an empty stomach, then an energy bar eaten 30-60 minutes before exercise will give you a decent start.

What is a good binder for granola bars? ›

When dampened, chia seeds gel and swell to several times their original size, plus they get very sticky. Since they're already used as egg alternatives in baking, it's not surprising that chia seeds act as the ideal granola binder, but it is strange that they do it better than eggs.

What is the binding agent for homemade granola bars? ›

Honey: Since it's a granola bar, refined sugar is not used in the recipe as it's meant to be healthy. So to provide appropriate sweetness, honey is used. Also, honey acts as the primary binding agent.

What ingredient makes granola stick together? ›

Add an egg white.

The whites act as a kind of glue that binds the ingredients together. To ensure that the egg whites coat all the ingredients, I beat them with a whisk until foamy and increased in volume, which makes it much easier to fold into the granola.

What is inside of energy bars? ›

Energy bars are supplemental bars containing cereals, micronutrients, and flavor ingredients intended to supply quick food energy. Because most energy bars contain added protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and other nutrients, they may be marketed as functional foods.

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