Confession: I have zero interest in “regular” cooking.
True, I do cook at home a lot, but my meals are fairly simple: salads loaded with veggies, some sort of protein source, and quinoa; stir fries with brown rice, baked veggies with sweet potatoes, etc.
But I really love making anything sweet or snack-y. I find it relaxing, and it helps me curb my sweet tooth since let’s face it, if I didn’t make healthier versions of desserts and snack foods I’d still chow down on the unhealthy versions.
These homemade energy bars are made with unsweetened dried cherries (they help with recovery!), chocolate crisp rice cereal (I got mine at Whole Foods—if you can’t find chocolate, regular crisp rice cereal will work), oats, and other healthy ingredients to keep you energized when you need it most. And as a bonus, they taste like dessert 🙂
Here’s your Crispy Chocolate Cherry Energy Bar Recipe:
1/2 cup chocolate crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate whey protein powder
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp unsweetened dried cherries, chopped
1 Tbsp dark chocolate chunks
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
Total prep time: 15 minutes
Mix the rice cereal, oats, whey protein powder, and sea salt together in a medium sized bowl. Add in the almond butter and honey, then slowly stir in the almond milk and mix until you get a sticky sort of dough.
Stir in the cherries and chocolate chips, then spray a large piece of parchment paper with a little coconut oil and press the dough onto it. Use the parchment paper to flatten the dough so that it’s in a fairly rectangular shape (remember, this will determine how thick your bars are).
Stick the dough in the refrigerator for an hour or so (or put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes). Once the dough is chilled, cut it into four bars. Wrap individually in foil for easy grab and go bars.
Macros (per 1/4 recipe)