Energy Bar Recipe

Homemade energy bars ready to be sliced.
Homemade energy bars ready to be sliced.

Making Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bars

After eating Gu, Luna Moons, Shotblock, CliffShot, Sport Beans and a bunch of other synthetic food I decided it was time to start making my own energy bars out of real food.  I looked at a bunch of recipes online including both those that require cooking and those that don't.  I also read the labels on several energy bars and visited the site and ultimately came up with a recipe that works for me.  Clearly making energy bars is an art, not a science, so please experiment all you want and substitute ingredients at any time.  Enjoy! 

The Ingredients
The Ingredients
Voila!  Homemade energy bars fresh out of the oven.
Voila! Homemade energy bars fresh out of the oven.


  • 1 Stick of Butter (1/2 Cup)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 2/3 Cup Almond Butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (optional)
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds (optional)
  • 1 Cup Dried Fruit (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins, etc.) 
  • 3 Cups Dry Oatmeal (instant or regular) 


Start by mixing the butter and brown sugar until they're smooth. Then mix in the honey, almond butter, and vanilla. Once that is well mixed, add in the extras: chocolate chips, dried fruit and nuts. Lastly, add in the oatmeal. Mix it all together then put it in a 9x13" pan and cook at 350 for 15-20 minutes, until brown around the edges. Once you take it out of the oven allow it to cool, then cut it up into whatever size and shape bars you'd like and enjoy!  I carry them in a zip lock bag in my jersey pocket and find that works really well. 

I'd also suggest trying my latest peanut butter / cheerio / rice crispy variation.  I think the cereal adds great texture and a light crunch. 

Comments 7 comments

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

Well done! It looks delicious and I bet one can save lots of money this way. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I´ll try this soon ;)

BTW, how do you keep it edible if you don´t use it all at once?

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davidbelden 7 years ago from San Francisco Author

I keep it edible by leaving it in the fridge, then just take what I need on each ride.

Enjoy! Also, I think I'm also going to try increasing the amount of dried fruit to 1 cup and maybe even try a variation with flour so that it's even more solid at hot temperatures (summer rides). But right now the consistency is great for winter riding in CA.


BikeMom 6 years ago

Thank you for this recipe. I make a double batch every time, they are great! My son's mountain biking team thanks you too!

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davidbelden 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Hi Bike Mom,

Thanks! And you're welcome! So glad your son's mountain biking team likes them. Have you tried any variations? If so, I'd be interested in hearing what works for you.


gail 6 years ago

Hey David, These were so good. But I tweaked it some. I added sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and tons of dried fruit. I also added an egg to sugar mixture. I also sprinkled cinnamon on top before i put in oven. My sons all ride bikes more than they drive cars and I am making this batch especially for one son who is backpacking the Lost Trail in Ca. Thanks again.....Gail

Matt 6 years ago

Is there any way around the full stick of butter? I think they sound great I just can't see myself needing that much butter for an energy boost.

Brad 5 years ago

Great recipe. I have been making these bars for about 3 months. Last recipe was tweak by adding two over ripe bananas. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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