Chewy Chocolatey Energy Bars

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Why spend money on energy bars when you can easily create a big batch at home?

The other week, our neighbor Surabhi shared with us this recipe for Banana Walnut Oat Bars that is vegan, sugar-free and oil-free. Subabhi’s version included cinnamon, raisins, a tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/4 cup water, chia seeds, and toasted walnuts. We liked her version, but I wanted to add chocolate and my husband John wanted to add dates. We didn’t add oil and kept it vegan.

Chewy Chocolatey Energy Bars
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Why spend money on energy bars when you can easily create a big batch at home? These chewy chocolatey energy bars are packed with carbs and plant-based.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
105 calories
18 g
0 g
4 g
3 g
0 g
42 g
60 g
7 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 60mg
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 cups of mashed, overripe bananas
  2. 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  3. 1/2 cup filtered water
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 3 cups quick oats
  6. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  7. 1 cup chopped dates
  8. 1 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine banana, flaxseed, water, and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add oats, walnuts, dates, and chocolate and mix well until combined. The mixture will appear a bit dry.
  4. Fold mixture into a shallow baking tray, spread evenly, and press with your fingers.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares and rearrange bars on a cookie sheet, upside down.
  8. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  9. Turn bars over and cook for another 5 minutes so both sides are nice and brown.
  10. Cool completely and store in an air tight container for up to one week.
  1. For dates, we purchased fresh, refrigerated date balls in bulk at our food co-op. These are rolled in coconut to keep them from sticking together. I chopped each ball into 6 to 8 pea-sized pieces.
  2. For the chocolate, we used bittersweet chocolate pieces (larger than chips) which we buy in bulk at our food co-op. Semi-sweet chocolate could work as well, as long as it is non-dairy.
Adapted from Love Food Eat
Adapted from Love Food Eat
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Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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