Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat. Updated

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars are great for a lunchbox treat or after school snack. Full of all sorts of good and healthy stuff!

I'm back with healthier snacks for the kids disguised as treats!

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Okay, I suppose that these don't really look that treat-like, so I guess I'm not disguising them very well. In fact, my husband spied them on the counter and quickly walked over saying "ooooh, what did you make?"When he got closer, his face fell and he informed me that they looked "suspiciously healthy".

I guess I need to work on my ability to disguise healthy things so that he actually tries them.

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Or, I'll just keep making these types of things for the kids. Because they love my healthy treats and are always gobbling them all up and asking me to make more.

Clearly they don't need chocolate and sugar in everything in order to make them want it. I've trained them well.

Or I've gotten lucky. Either way, I'll take it!

These apple cinnamon energy bars are full of good-for-you ingredients. They're sweetened with dates and a tiny bit of maple syrup.

They're filled with oatmeal, fresh apple, and pecans to make them wholesome and hearty. And some cinnamon to give them that great apple cinnamon taste and make your house smell amazing while they bake.

Because apples and cinnamon always smell amazing while baking.

And to make them even better? They take literally 5 minutes to mix up and get into the oven because it's all done in the food processor.

I suppose you do need to soak the dates for 5-10 minutes first to make them easier to process, but it's okay. You need to give the oven time to warm up after all.

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It really doesn't get a whole lot better as far as homemade snacks go. Healthy, fast, easy, and the kids will love them. That's a winner in my house. Even if the adults don't eat them!

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Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars Recipe

    16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Dates
  • 1 cup Quick Oats, Old fashioned rolled oats are also fine
  • 1 Apple, Cored
  • 1/2 cup Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon Flax Meal
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang, and set aside.
  2. Place the dates in a small bowl, pour hot water over top, and let them soak for 10 minutes while you get out your ingredients.
  3. Drain the dates and add them to the bowl of a food processor.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is finely chopped and mixed well.
  5. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until it is set.
  6. Allow to cool then lift the bars out of the dish with the parchment overhang. Slice into bars.

Notes

  • Bars keep well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Author: Stacey Mebs
Recipe Yields: 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 24
Calories 70

% Daily Value*
5%
Total Fat 3g
2%
  Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Sodium 0mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 6g
3%
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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About Stacey

Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!