Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Homemade Healthy Energy Bars – Mint Chocolate Chip
If someone were to tell me that I basically live off of no bake snacks they wouldn’t be lying! As a busy but healthy mom, I love having snacks prepped in the freezer but I hate actually spending a significant amount of time in the kitchen! Hence the need for no bake snacks (like energy balls!). These homemade healthy energy bars are an easy no bake option and best of all.. mint chocolate chip flavored!
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Making your own homemade healthy energy bars is easy.. and perfect for busy moms! I personally love making my own bars for a few reasons:
The first is that I love knowing there is always something in the freezer to munch on in a pinch.
The second reason I love making my own snacks is because I like knowing exactly what’s in the snacks I’m feeding my daughters. I like knowing and I like ensuring they’re healthy ingredients. My goal with any snack is to ensure my daughters have the fuel they need for all their crazy activity as well as the nutrients their body craves for development.
These mint chocolate chip bars do all of those things.
Truth be told, there’s actually very few ingredients in these healthy homemade bars which makes them even better.
These bars are date based, like most energy balls (check out our favorite balls here!). Dates make a good base for a couple o reasons.. they’re a natural sugar which means you get a big burst of energy and they make a sticky paste which helps to bind any bar.
My go to nut for most of my recipes is almonds. Honestly, they’re just easy to work with and they give any recipe an added boost of nutrients (calcium, health fats etc).
One of the reasons I love pairing nuts with dates is that the almonds help slow the sugar release from the dates. This means that there’s not as much of a sugar crash after eating the bars and instead you stay fueled for bit longer.
One thing to make note of with these bars is the mint/peppermint extract. Keep in mind that while these bars are full of chocolate goodness, peppermint isn’t great when you’re breast feeding as it’s rumoured to reduce milk production.
And one last note.. have you ever had enjoy life chocolate chips?! I love, love LOVE them. Partly, because they come in mini chocolate chips but mainly because there’s only three ingredients in them! And none of those ingredients contain dairy!
These mini chocolate chips are my go-to for just about everything because for a chocolate chip they’re about as “healthy” as you can get.
So if you’re looking for a super fast, easy, no bake snack recipe, these homemade healthy energy bars are perfect. They’re get you fueled (without a sugar crash) and thanks to the mint chocolate chip aspect they’ll also make you feel like you’re indulging just a wee bit.. and we most definitely all need a bit more healthy chocolate indulgence! 😉
Ingredients In The Homemade Healthy Energy Bars
- 2 cups Dates
- 3/4 cup almonds
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup mini enjoy life chocolate chips
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How To Make The Mint Chocolate Chip Bars
Soak the dates in warm water for twenty minutes (this makes them easier to blend!). in a blender, chop the almonds.
You can grind them into a flour or leave some a bit chunky for texture.
Pour the almonds into a bowl and add in the cacao powder.
In a blender, blend the dates, mint and water until a paste forms.
Scoop out the paste into the almond mixture and combine.
Mix in the mini chocolate chips.
Line an 8×4 pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and using another piece of parchment paper, press the mixture into the pan until even.
Top with chopped almonds if desired.
Place in the freezer for one hour to set.
Makes five bars.
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Homemade Healthy Energy Bars - Mint Chocolate Chip
A simple snack full of real food, nutritious ingredients. These homemade healthy energy bars are simple to make and will keep you full and fueled. They’re the perfect no bake recipe to stock your freezer with and munch on when a chocolate craving hits!