sliced California Prune Energy Bars on a striped towel

Homemade California Prune Energy Bars

Prune make the perfect naturally sweet base for homemade energy bars – offering tons of good-for-the-gut and filling fiber, too. Created by Annessa Chumbley, RD, these California Prune Energy Bars are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Are energy bars the same as granola bars?

Granola bars and energy bars are similar, the differences could simply be considered semantics. As a rule, energy bars contain more protein than granola bars – however there’s no hard and fast rule. If you’re looking for a healthy snack with plenty of fiber and protein, pay less attention to the name and more attention to the nutrition information!

What’s in this Homemade Energy Bar?

Annessa’s Energy Bars are loaded with good-for-you ingredients like oats, nuts and seeds, with just enough dark chocolate chips to entice even the pickiest eater. Peanut butter and eggs work as a binder but also add valuable protein to this recipe.

sliced California Prune Energy Bars on a striped towel

Homemade California Prune Energy Bars

Annessa Chumbley, RD
Prune make the perfect naturally sweet base for homemade bars – offering tons of good-for-the-gut and filling fiber, too. Created by Annessa Chumbley, RD, these California Prune Energy Bars are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Kid Friendly, Quick & Easy, RD Creations
Servings 12
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup California Prunes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180C). Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add prunes and process into small pieces, about 20 seconds. Add egg, milk, and salt, and process until creamy. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the food processor. Add peanut butter and pulse briefly to incorporate.
  • Pour mixture into a bowl, scraping down the sides of the food processor. Add oats, sunflower seeds, pecans, and chocolate chips. Stir until everything is evenly mixed together.
  • Spread mixture into pan evenly. Bake for 30 –35 minutes, until bars are no longer glossy. Remove and let cool fully, then cut into 12 bars.

Notes

Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 297mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 264IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 3mg
Keyword energy bars, granola bar
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