Energy Bars

Simple, Energy Bars For On-the-Go.

I am constantly seeking the best source of energy prior to a workout. Whether it’s a long run, or session at the gym, I believe that food is fuel and can be used to my advantage. I leverage the carbs found in the oats and dried fruits for sustained energy to keep me going. I can also use this for a mid-day pick up, and avoid the short-lived ‘lift’ efforts of a cup of coffee.

With that, I’ve tried many energy bar recipes. Some hits, some misses. I was particularly interested in a recipe from As usual, I find inspirations and make them mine with adjustments based on my needs, tastes. This one has simple ingredients (to allow me to be in control with a majority of organic ingredients) and sets in freezer. Other than warming the almond butter and agave syrup, no cooking required.

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A few simple, powerful ingredients. You’re in control of this energy bar with the ingredients you choose.

2 cups organic rolled oats (toast if preferred – for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees)

1/4 cup dried cherries

1 cup dried dates

1 cup plain almonds

1/2 cup organic almond butter

1/2 cup organic light agave syrup (honey can be used instead)

Pinch of salt

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If preferred, toast oats for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Place dates in food processor. Add a pinch of salt. Pulse until forms a ball.

Chop almonds and cherries. Coarse pieces are nice.

In a large mixing bowl, combine dates, oats, nuts and fruit.

In a pan, warm almond butter and agave until combined. Poor mixture in oats bowl.

Using a plastic bag as a glove, mix oats, nuts and fruit with almond butter/agave mixture. Using the bag allows you to thoroughly mix all ‘sticky’ ingredients.

Pour combined ingredients in a parchment paper-lined square 8×8 pan.

Press evenly. I recommend using that same plastic bag glove. Cover and place in freezer for more than an hour to set. Cut even squares and enjoy.

Enjoy one about 1/2 hour prior to workout. If enjoyed in the afternoon for energy, do so while on a quick 10-minute walk break – grab the water. Make it work for you.

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Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.


  • October 16, 2016


    So many wonderful tips, ideas and recioes. Love this all around site.


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