First, thank you to everyone who’s stopped by, commented on, or Stumbled my post on making your own energy barsI appreciate your visiting and the many helpful suggestions you’ve provided. As of this writing, the post has been viewed by nearly 17,000 visitors, and half a dozen sites have linked to it; thanks!

Here are, in no particular order, a few notes, tips and updates:

  • If you use chopped dates in the recipe, consider buying (whole) pitted dates and cutting them up. The chopped dates that are available in our market come with a dusting of granulated sugar – no need to add more sugar to the recipe! It only takes 3-4 minutes to chop up the appx. 15 dates required for a cup
  • A few readers have commented on the use of light corn syrup and its questionable (read:  horrible) nutritional value. Lately I’ve been experimenting with using 3/8 cup light corn syrup and 3/8 cup honey, and it works just fine – give it a try!
  • The bars are done when their bottoms are just turning golden brown. At that point their tops will still be quite soft; take them out of the oven – they’re done! This equates to about 14 minutes with our oven; YMMV
  • The bananas add a nice flavor. If you’re allergic to bananas, any sort of mashed fruit should work. Applesauce is also a good alternative
  • PracticalHacks reader Jenn has made these bars with agave nectar as well as honey, and in her words, they turned out “sooooo good!” (see the comments to the original post)

Have fun and do some experimenting – and let us know how you make out!   As always, if you like what you see here, please subscribe – just click on the orange RSS button above – it’s easy and free (for an explanation, if you’re unfamiliar with RSS, click on the “What’s that orange RSS button?” link above.

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18 Comments on Homemade energy bar update

  1. Justin says:

    Dude, thank you for showing me this recipe. I love energy bars, but it does get expensive. I will mess around with the recipe and let you know if I come up with a good variation. Thanks again!

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    Kevin Reply:

    Justin,

    Glad you found it, and thanks for the feedback. Let me know how you make out!

    kc

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  2. Bill says:

    Would it be possible or make sense to replace some of the wet/sticky ingredients (syrup, egg whites, OJ) with melted marshmallows? Marshmallows are sticky, zero fat, and low cal. Could this be a possible variation?

    Thanks, Bill

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    Kevin Reply:

    Bill,

    I’ve been amazed by the degree of customization that the recipe has withstood… I’d suggest you try two half batches with different versions of your variation – I imagine it’ll work! …let us know. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. JJ says:

    Would it make sense to make one large bar, meaning, fill the cookie sheet and then cut them when done? This way you can make them the exact same size?

    Just a thought.

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    Kevin Reply:

    You could try that, although I’ve not attempted it myself. Perhaps the center would be too moist? Worth a shot; if you do, please let us know. Thanks for visiting!

    Kevin

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  4. April says:

    Aloha Kevin,

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been searching for a recipe similar to that made by a local baker. I will use your recipe as my base and make what I believe to be healthier ingredients. I will
    let you know how they come out. We have an infant that can’t have eggs or honey. (evil corn syrup goes without saying)Really I can’t thank you enough.

    Mahalo,
    April in Maui

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    Kevin Reply:

    Aloha April,

    So kind of you to visit and comment! Please let us know how you make out, and thanks again!

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  5. Christina says:

    I enjoy (and prefer) making any and all things possible from scratch so having recently started the P90X program I started looking for a homemade energy bar. Considering the wealth of information on the net I didn’t think it would take too long. It took a little longer than I originally supposed, but I stumbled on your site and I’m so glad!

    I tried these out a couple nights ago; did them all in one large bar and cut after baking (though it didn’t take up the whole cookie sheet. More like just over half). I do think it probably took slightly longer to cook that way as I cooked them about 16 minutes and they still weren’t as golden brown on bottom as the ones in your picture, but they still firmed up okay.

    I threw in a little semi-sweet chocolate chips, some dried apricot, raisins, and peanuts. Next time I will try some dried strawberries as well. I used honey (slightly less than the amount of corn syrup called for) and some plain yogurt, just because I could really. :)

    They are scrumptious and give a quick energy boost. I wrapped them up individually in foil and I love that they’re ready to go when I want them. My husband likes them too and took a couple to work this morning. Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to see what else I can come up with using this as a good base recipe.

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    Kevin Reply:

    Christina,

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment; I’m glad you enjoyed them! The recipe is definitely flexible, as demonstrated so well by numerous commenters.

    I’ve recently been experimenting with making homemade Larabars, but that’s a different post!

    Thanks again.

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  6. Suzanne says:

    Replace corn syrup with molasses and honey. Corn syrup (or any derivative of GMO corn – which most of our corn in this country is) is NOT going into my or my kids’ bodies!

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  7. Jennie Kern says:

    I Googled Homemade energy bars and clicked on “Feeling Lucky” (which I rarely do) and got you right off! Definitely lucky for me!

    Can’t wait to try these….the others are right-nix the Karo=Yuck!

    Thanks for caring, Jennie

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    Kevin Reply:

    Jennie,

    Thanks for your comment; let us know how you make out!

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  8. Duane says:

    I made these tonight and they turned out pretty good. They were very simple to make and very substantive. I originally made them exactly like you did but after trying one I cut all the bars in half and individually wrapped them for a reduced serving size. Great recipe that is easy to play around with. Like the post above I was looking for a homemade bar for after the P90X workout. This will be great.

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  9. eric says:

    Great base recipe substituted with honey, craisin pomegranates, golden raisins, and almonds. Turned out great… thanks a million saved a buck and made it exactly to my taste..

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  10. Dana Fellows says:

    I used the Agave Nectar and put them in muffin pans to make them easier to work with. The recipe filled 16 muffin spots, filled about 1/2 the way full. Also helped keep them more evenly sized.

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  11. Darren says:

    The recipe doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Could you repost it?

    Darren

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    Kevin Reply:

    The original recipe is available on the Free Downloads page. OR… there’s a link to the original post (and recipe) in the first sentence of this follow-up post.

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