Whether you’re a student, parent, or self-proclaimed work-a-holic, we all tend to be pressed for time, leaving us struggling to fit healthy habits into an already-packed schedule. By planning ahead, this five-ingredient energy bar makes the perfect healthy snack swap, on-the-go breakfast or mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
Almonds are an excellent source of energy-boosting protein, and are high in “good” monounsaturated fats, which aid in weight loss and improve heart health. The benefits of almonds are vast and potent, making them a supersnack, if you will, which is why these bars are ideal for a quick dose of nutrition.
5-Ingredient Energy Bars Recipe:
- 1 cup almonds
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup almond butter
Place almonds, oats and cranberries in a bowl. Heat up honey and almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat and almond mixture, and mix together.
Once thoroughly combined, transfer the mixture to a dish and flatten the blend into thin squares. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 20 minutes (or overnight) to harden. Remove from the pan and cut into bars sized to your liking (we suggest 10 bars). Store in an airtight container and enjoy for up to five days.
Additionally, in honor of National Almond Day (February 16th), California Almonds teamed up with nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D., to gather the best snacking secrets and suggest mini changes for a healthier diet. Find some of our favorite tips below!
- Keep your snack to 200 calories or less. Remember it’s a “mini” meal.
- No distracted snacking. Overeating is commonly a result of mindless eating while watching television, etc.
- Instead of a flavored or pre-mixed Greek yogurt (which can be loaded with sugar) buy plain, low-fat yogurt and add your own fresh fruit, slivered almonds or cocoa powder — whatever satisfies your craving!
- Pre-portion items like almonds in Zip-loc bags instead of eating straight from the bag or box.