Chewy Energy Bars

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My first attempt at this recipe was a MAJOR fail. While preparing to make energy bars, I was looking around at different sites for inspiration. I already knew that I wanted to use honey, and I noticed that a lot recipes that used honey suggested letting it simmer for around 8 minutes. Not so, people! Not so… I tried that little 8 minute trick, and guess what happened? The result was a dark bubbly mass that looked something like molasses. Our air purifier was going bananas and our apartment smelt like burnt honey for the rest of the day. Fantastic start to the day, but luckily attempt #2 went a lot better.

Take 2: Simmered honey for 5 minutes. Perfect! 5 minutes did the trick; not 8 minutes. It’s the perfect amount of time to draw some of the water out without burning it. Drawing some of the water out will result in a thicker honey after it’s cooled, and will better hold your bars together. These energy bars contain chia seeds and flaxseeds; both are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. For those of you who don’t eat enough fish, these seeds are an easy way to get that all important source of brain power into your diet.

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Chewy Energy Bars
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Serves: 12
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ⅓ cup cranberries
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • ½ cup clover honey (IMPORTANT: DO NOT substitute this honey type for another kind. Clover is a lot milder in flavor compared to other honeys.)
  1. Prepare an 8x8 inch baking pan by lining with parchment paper, or lightly coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the honey.
  3. In a small sauce pan, bring honey to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes; stirring frequently. Be careful not to let honey burn.
  4. Start with a ⅓ cup of boiled honey, and pour over nut and seed mixture; quickly mix until well combined. (I used ⅓ cup plus 2 tbsp. to be exact)
  5. Continue to add honey until desired sweetness has been reached.
  6. Press mixture into prepared pan; let cool completely before cutting.
  7. For harder bars, pop in the refrigerator to cool for 10-15 minutes.
* Honey can be a little overpowering for some people, so I'd suggest adding ⅓ cup of the boiled honey to the nut/seed mixture to begin with; although I did use an additional 2 tbsp. so the mixture was well coated. Put in the refrigerator and seal in a air tight container to harden and maintain freshness.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar


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  1. Jessica says

    I used a raw, unfiltered honey and boiled for 4 minutes but the bars are very pliable. What did I do wrong? Any suggestions? Also I think the honey is too sweet and strong of a flavor, could I substitute something else?

    • says

      Hi Jessica. I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong, it’s just a matter of preference. But I think there are a couple of things you can try. You can put them in the refrigerator for a little bit to harden, or simmer the honey for a minute or two longer. You can also substitute the honey for brown rice syrup. It’s a better ingredient to use if you want harder bars. But I opt for honey because the glucose in honey provides a natural energy boost. If you wanna stick with honey, I’d maybe start by adding 1/4 cup to your mixture, then adding more until the mixture comes to your desired sweetness. I may add this note to the recipe. Hope that helps and let me know how it turns out :)

  2. Karen says

    These were great. I made these as a pick me up for the gym. I didn’t add the entire 1/2 cup of honey though. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Teresa says

    I love these! I used natural honey that I received from a bee farmer (not sure if that is the correct term). I also added dried blueberries and cashews. It’s so important to boil the honey long enough. My first attempt became granola because I didn’t boil it the amount of time necessary to harden it.

    • Christine says

      Teresa, I’m so glad you enjoyed them :-) The dried blueberries sound like a nice touch…another reason I love these bars, they’re so easily customizable.

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