No-Bake Essential Bars!

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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well.
Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. 

Now pour the mixture into the wax paper lined casserole dish. Press down into place using the other sheet of wax paper that you set aside.

Make sure you spread it out nice and even.
Now, stick it in the fridge for a couple hours to set up before cutting. You could expedite things by putting it in the freezer for 30 minutes and then slicing. When you take it out of the fridge, simply lift up on the wax paper and the whole thing comes out with no mess. It also peels away with no problem! I made 10 bars out of these and put them into individual baggies in my fridge for easy grab and go snacks.
They hold their shape perfectly! Here is an up-close shot of the layers of healthy goodness…
Enjoy! Let me know how yours turn out and what combinations you come up with!
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8 Comments Add yours

  1. S says:

    Hi, I made your bars tonight. Looking forward to trying them in the morning. Do you happen to know how many calories they are per bar?

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  2. Hi S! If you make 8 they're 291 and 231 if you make 10. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

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  3. S says:

    They were wonderful! I actually cut them into 16 bars. Thank you again for the recipe! So good!

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  4. S says:

    oh I forgot to say, I added flax seed and cranberries too.

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  5. Oh yummy!! Good for you!! I'm spec glad you enjoyed them. My family loves them! It feels good to give them something they love and know its good for them. 🙂

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  6. I totally want to make these! I even posted it on Facebook so I could be held accountable. LOL

    I love your blog Reyna!! Tons of healthy info!

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  7. I'm going to make these, I know they are yummy 😙

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