We eat a lot of bars in this house.
Rance takes one to work everyday and Riley always wants one for breakfast. I may or may not have one too so if you do the math on that… that’s what? 3 bars a day, 21 bars a week, 84 bars a month….you get the idea!
And with the bars we buy being at least $3.50 a box, that’s a lot of money. So I decided that we need another option. I needed to create one that we all loved and that was much more affordable. First, let me just tell you that when we do buy bars we always buy from Kashi, Annie’s Homegrown or Larabar. These companies are very reputable with what they put into their bars (and what they DON’T put in) and how they treat their employees. Two things that our family cares very much about when it comes to any processed, packaged foods we put into our bodies.
For my bars, I was able to purchase only the amounts I needed thanks to my local bulk foods section at the grocery store. Talk about a money saver! If you haven’t started shopping in bulk. You are MISSING OUT!! It’s a HUGE money and space saver! When you take away the package from a food the price automatically goes down! Imagine that!
I’ll admit, I’ve made bars in the past that were epic failures. Too sticky, too dry, falling apart or just too “healthy” tasting. Let’s face it, if were gonna eat a bar we want it to taste good! If we wanted a piece of fruit we would have HAD a piece of fruit! Am I right?
So after many an experiment I came up with these FANTASTIC bars! No baking required. You can whip up a batch in maybe 5 minutes. Granted they DO have to set up in the fridge but it doesn’t take long. If you make them the night before you want them then you can just throw them in the fridge and slice in the morning before you head out the door. You can switch up the ingredients to whatever you have on hand or whatever your family enjoys too! That’s the beauty of these bars. They are packed full of the essential fatty acids that we all need for optimal health. These are especially important for growing children. Hence the name “essential bars”. I love the healthy fats in these bars…they just make my hair and skin glow!
And who couldn’t use more of that?
No-Bake Essential Bars
These bars are very versatile! You can switch up the peanut butter for almond or cashew butter, the agave for maple syrup and interchange just about all the ingredients. I love the combo I created because it’s full of EFA’s (essential fatty acids) and that is just so vital in the growth and health of all of us but especially kids! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. I’d love to hear back from you!
Makes 10 bars
PPV: 6 per bar
Protein: 5 grams
1/2 cup Agave nectar
1/4 cup Organic Coconut oil (I used Spectrum brand), liquified at room temp
1/4 cup All natural peanut butter
Dash of cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (You could really have fun here!)
1.5 cup rolled oats (instant or regular work just fine)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/4 cup raisins (golden or regular)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw cashews or peanuts (or walnuts, almonds etc)
1/4 cup cacao chips (or dark chocolate)
Line an 8×8 casserole or baking dish with wax paper and tear off another piece to use later. You’ll be glad you didn’t skip this step!
Combine the first five ingredients in a microwave safe dish. If the consistency is already runny then no need to microwave. If it needs some help, microwave in 30 second increments until it looks like this.