Festive energy bars with only 5 ingredients and under 200 calories per serving.
I can’t believe it’s been way over a year since I first made these Raw Cranberry Energy Bars. They were such a huge hit among family and friends that when I was thinking about how to kick off this year’s holiday baking season, they immediately sprang to mind.
They look good, taste even better and come in nice little bricks you can easily load in your bag and bring with you to work or school.
But ever since I came up with the original recipe, I kept wondering if they could do with less or even no sugar. So I started by completely omitting agave syrup and… it worked!
These bars contain no sugar whatsoever, but are still just sweet enough, thanks to the cranberries and chocolate. The texture is a bit more dry and crumbly, so try adding a splash of almond milk to moisten it up if you prefer your bars gooier.
The cranberries and dark chocolate chunks give these vegan, no-bake bars an interesting texture and a gorgeous appearance, perfect for the holiday season. Spoil your family with a slightly different after-dinner dessert, or treat yourself on the go with something healthy yet festive.
Healthy No-Bake Energy Bars
- 160 g rolled oats
- 320 g peanut butter
- 90 g dried cranberries
- 90 g dark chocolate, chopped
- 25 g almonds, chopped
Line a 9-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats and peanut butter. Add the cranberries, dark chocolate and chopped almonds.
Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and press the mixture down firmly with your hands until even and smooth.
Place the pan in the fridge for 1-2 hours, until the mixture is firm enough to slice.
Take the mixture from the pan, remove the upper piece of parchment paper and slice it with a very sharp knife into 24 equal bars.
You can keep these bars in the fridge for up to a week. They are best served at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts per bar
- Calories: 169
- Total Fat: 13g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 57mg
- Potassium: 102mg
- Carbs: 11g
- Dietary Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 2g
- Protein: 5g