Brown rice syrup, vegetable glycerin, organic palm kernel solids, evaporated cane invert syrup, fructose… These are just a few ingredients found in Clif, Luna, and Power Bars. Some of them may be necessary as preservatives, but it does not seem natural to have things like vegetable glycerin, which is found in many shampoos and lotions, in your food.
Not only are packaged energy and protein bars processed and contain strange ingredients, they’re also expensive. A box of six bars usually averages around $5 or more.
To save money and to keep unnecessary ingredients out of your body, try making your own energy bites. Not only are they all natural and delicious, they’re also super easy to make. You can even add or subtract some ingredients to suit your tastes, without worrying about messing them up. Just be prepared to buy A LOT of dates, because most of these recipes use them:
This four-ingredient recipe is as simple as you can get. You can bake the bites, leave them raw, or freeze them for a perfect summer snack.
Pumpkin spice addicts, this one’s for you. These are perfect for fall and are sure to satisfy your pumpkin pie cravings.
Missed your morning coffee? Never fear, these energy bites are here to give you a pick me up.
If you love the Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar with caffeine, you need to try these. With almonds, walnuts, and ground coffee, they can serve as both a protein-packed and energizing snack.
This recipe calls for peanut butter and coconut, but you can use your favorite nut butter and omit the coconut if you aren’t a fan.
There are a lot of bars out there that imitate desserts, but none are as healthy as these. Gluten and refined sugar-free, these no-bake bites are a sweet deal.
Next time you’re craving a green tea latte from Starbucks, make these instead. Simple and protein packed, these little green bites will save calories and sugar.
Another one for the Starbucks junkies. These are no-bake and grain-free, so if you’re cutting out gluten, there’s nothing to worry about.
Apple pie cravings anyone? These bites are a great fall treat to snack on while studying.
This healthy makeover of the classic elementary school sandwich is an energizing snack that you can store in the freezer for days when you’re crunched for time.
Trick your taste buds. These imitate a popular ice cream flavor, but don’t actually contain caramel.
If you’ve never eaten raw cookie dough out of the package or bowl, you’re either lying or really hate cookie dough. Satisfy your craving without the stomachache with these protein-packed, egg-free bites.
In need of an on-the-go breakfast? Try these. They have a lot less sugar than actual muffins and have protein from the added nuts of your choice.
Another dessert-inspired creation, these no-bake balls are only missing one thing- cream cheese frosting.
Craving cookies? These will do. Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack, these are easy to modify with Craisins instead of raisins, peanut butter instead of almond, or added chocolate chips to make them extra sweet.
Finally, a snack you won’t feel guilty for sharing with your furry best friend. If you omit the chocolate chips, these are perfectly safe for your pup.
Two amazing flavors, one simple healthy snack. Now you can satisfy two cravings at once.