Healthy Energy Bars

These are great for when you are on the go, after exercise or during an endurance event.
They’re a hoemade version of a popular mass-produced energy/fruit bar.

Armed with the ingredients shown on the packet and my love for my Magimix, I got to work creating my own bars.
They are really easy to make, even tastier than shop bought bars and much cheaper.

Most 30-35g bars in the shops cost 75p.
These homemade bars cost 29p. I’m sure you can get that down lower if you shop around for ingredients and buy in bulk.

I’ve added a dollop of coconut oil to the recipe to give the bars more energy and nutritional value.  It’s not necessary for the recipe to work but tastes better.

Recipe makes 26 (and a bit) 35g bars
Cost: 29p each

  • You Will Need:
  • Food Processor
  • Baking Tin
  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Will Power
  • Ingredients:
  • 400g dates (approx 2 ½ cups)
  • 280g cashews (approx 2 cups)
  • 130g raisins (approx slightly less than 1 cup)
  • 50g cocoa (approx ½ cup)
  • 60ml organic virgin coconut oil (approx ¼ cup) (optional)
  • Sprinkle of desiccated coconut (optional)


  1. Blend the cashews and cocoa in a food processor until fine
  2. Add coconut oil
  3. Add raisins and dates
  4. Line baking tin with greaseproof paper
  5. Press mixture into the tin evenly
  6. Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut on top
  7. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. This is where willpower comes in. Can you wait that long?
  8. Remove the bard from tray along with the greaseproof paper and use a sharp knife to cut into bars or cubes.

The bars are best stored in an airtight BPA container in the fridge.
They last for about 1 week.

If you’re making these for an event, consider using small plastic zip top pockets to store them in. The bags are waterproof(ish), reusable and take up very little space in a backpack.


Here is a quick video to show you how easy it is to make them: