Homemade All-Natural Energy Bars

These natural energy bars were devised to get away from the High Fructose Corn Syrup/Gluten/oil leaden granola bars in the mega-mart. These are more about whole foods and natural sweeters and oils (from peanuts).  Play around with the dried fruits and nuts to find a combination YOU like.

All-Natural Energy Bars

Author: John MacDowall


  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dried pineapple
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried papaya
  • 1/2 cup powdered nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup barley malt syrup
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp salt dissolved in 1/4 cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the first 10 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Use your own judgement how fine you want the largest bit of fruit and nuts.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a saucepan and place over medium low heat. Stir until melted. Use a wisk to mix. Use a large spoon to combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Roll the “dough” out between sheets of parchment paper to a thickness of about 3/8″.
  • Bake until just done, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 squares.

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

One Comment

  1. Yes and yes! I like that idea and I may have to try it myself. I just found agave and didn’t even think about it for this application!

    Note. Playing with the sugar may alter the cooking times as different sugars brown differently.

    Good luck! Lemme’ know how YOUR energy bars come out.

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