Peanut Raisin Energy Bars that are quick to make, healthy, transportable, and SO delicious. Vegan and gluten-free option.
Anybody who knows me will know that I love to snack. A lot. Sometimes maybe a little too much.
For that reason, I’m always trying out new recipes for easy and quick snacks. These peanut raisin energy bars are my latest obsession. Let me tell you why:
They’re high in fiber. Raisins, dates, and oats all come with loads of fiber. Each bar has about 6 grams of fiber, which is almost 25% of the recommended daily intake. Not bad!
They’re very energizing. Dates and raisins contain a high amount of natural sugars, which are quickly absorbed and released into the bloodstream, providing you with an almost instant boost of energy.
They’re transportable so bring one to have on-the-go, at university, at work, at the cinema, at the gym, etc. These bars always work.
They’re easily customized. Apart from the dates, all of the ingredients can be substituted to whatever you have in your cupboards or to your taste. I love using almonds instead of peanuts, and dried figs instead of raisins.
And most importantly, they’re SUPER delicious! They’re perfectly sweet and packed full of flavour.
The base of these bars is oats, raisins, and peanuts. Cacao and vanilla are also added to provide an even deeper flavour, and the bars are naturally sweetened by dates, which also helps combine everything.
Besides being all of the lovely things listed above, they’re also quick and simple to make. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, blend, press into a baking form, pop it into your fridge/freezer, wait 30 minutes, and voila! Your energy bars are ready.
I seriously urge you to try these bars. Have them as a mid-morning snack, afternoon pick-me-up, or dessert. They could also work as a quick and light breakfast.
If you try these Peanut Raisin Energy Bars, please let me know by leaving me a comment or sharing a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #themostlyhealthy.
- 1 cup pitted dates (136 g)
- 1 cup oats (100 g) *
- 1/2 cup raisins (62 g)
- 1/4 cup peanuts (40 g)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder (20 g)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process until everything is well combined. I recommend blending until the mixture forms a ball as pictured above.
Align any baking form with parchment paper and transfer the mixture to it. Press down with a spoon or your hands until you get an even 1-inch (2.5 cm) layer.
Cover the baking form with a plastic bag or similar and place in the freezer or fridge to set for at least 45 minutes before cutting them into bars. I recommend placing them in the freezer until you cut them and then in the fridge after that.
Once chilled and firm, cut the bars into 6 large bars or 12 smaller ones.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for at least a week and in the freezer for even longer.
* use gluten-free oats if necessary.