Homemade Energy Bars

Every good adventure requires a great snack. While I love many of the store-bought energy bars and granola bars on the market, nothing beats homemade energy bars. You can save some money and modify the recipe for the exact taste you prefer. Here is a recipe for delicious soft and chewy granola bars that you can make at home.

Recipe: Homemade Energy Bars

You can easily make your own energy bar. Here are the ingredients you'll need. This recipe comes from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
3/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 T ground flaxseed or wheat germ

1/2 t baking soda

2 T sugar

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup applesauce

1 T oil

1 cup granola (homemade or store bought)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chocolate chips or peanut butter chips

Homemade Energy Bars

Photo courtesy of Hip Mountain Mama


Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a 9" x 9" baking pan.

Mix flour, flaxseed/ wheat germ, baking soda, sugar and salt in a bowl and stir.

Pour the applesauce and oil into a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Stir together until completely mixed. Then stir in granola, raisins and chocolate chips.

Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool until slightly warm, then cut them into squares.


These homemade energy bars taste great warm or out of the refrigerator. Pack them in the backpack for your next hike or trail run. They're also a great snack before a run or to put in your child's school lunch.

how to make energy bars

You can add nuts for additional protein or replace the raisins with other dried fruit to change the taste. Get creative to customize your own homemade energy bar recipe.

What are your favorite additions for a great tasting granola bars? Enter your favorites in the comments below.

For additional trail food ideas, check out our Ultimate Trail Mix suggestions or our campsite cooking recipes.

Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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