Grab 'N Go! 25 Homemade Protein, Energy, and Granola Bars

One of my “culinary” resolutions this year is to be more diligent about having homemade, healthy snacks in the house. Not only for my kids – who are always on the go – but for me, too. When that mid-morning craving or late afternoon slump rolls around, I want a really good option to have on-hand. And with one family member a vegan and another with a peanut allergy, this can be a challenge.

Which is why I’m so excited to share these fabulous – and healthy – and easy! – recipes with you! My goal is to bake up one batch each weekend to get us through the week ahead. And by my calculation there are are enough ideas here to get us halfway through the year! We can do this!

  • Healthy Bars, Squares, and Bites! 1 of 26
    healthy protein energy and granola bars

    Vegan? Gluten-free? Peanut allergy? No problem - there are plenty of delicious choices here, for healthy, nutritious and portable snacks that will make saying "yes" easy!

  • Chewy Walnut Granola Bars 2 of 26
    babble chewy walnut granola bars

    Nutrient-rich walnuts star in these filling bars. Feel free to customize with your favorite dried fruits and seeds!

    Read how on Babble

  • "White House" Fruit and Oat Bars 3 of 26
    babble white house fruit and oat bars

    These yummy bars are courtesy of none other than the White House pastry chef! Perfect for your gym bag (or during a long run), they contain just the right mix of oats, seeds, and dried fruits.

    Read how on Babble

  • Whole Grain Oat Bars 4 of 26
    babble whole grain oat bars

    Medjool dates are like nature's candy - but better! Naturally sweet, no-fat, cholesterol free and rich in nutrients, they star in these bars that you AND your kids alike will love!

    Read how on Babble

  • Nut-Free Granola Bars 5 of 26
    babble nut free granola bars

    My youngest has a peanut allergy so I appreciate any granola or energy bar recipe that I can customize to avoid this ingredient. These bars are a perfect example, and proof that it's possible to find (and make) delicious, nut-free snacks for your family!

    Read how on Babble

  • Ginger Granola Bars 6 of 26
    babble ginger granola bars

    Crystallized ginger gives a subtle heat to these salty-sweet granola bars.

    Read how on Babble

  • Easy Homemade Granola Bars 7 of 26
    babble granola bars in the round

    These clever "bars" are actually made in muffin tins! This recipe is easy and fun - perfect for your littlest helpers in the kitchen.

    Read how on Babble

  • No-Bake Vegan Oat Bars 8 of 26
    babble peanut butter oat bars

    These no-bake vegan bars are another kid-friendly recipe! Little hands can measure and mix the ingredients, and pat them into the pan. Chill till firm, slice, and these delicious, nutritious bars are ready to go!

    Read how on Babble

  • Raw Energy Bars 9 of 26
    spoonful raw energy bars

    Raw nuts, dates, and dried fruit - that's the ingredient list for these delicious, wholesome snacks. They're full of protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. In short, the perfect snack!

    Read how on Babble

  • Muesli Snack Bars 10 of 26
    spoonful muesli snack bars

    These gluten-free, vegan bars are filled with delicious bits of coconut, dark chocolate and pistachios!

    Read how on Spoonful

  • Homemade Lara Bars 11 of 26
    donuts, dresses and dirt lara bars

    These no-bake vegan bars taste just like "those" cherry pie bars you love. Just five wholesome ingredients and an overnight stint in the fridge and they're good to go!

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Almond Date Breakfast Bars 12 of 26
    donuts, dresses and dirt breakfast bars

    These breakfast bars are delicious, wholesome and satisfying - perfect for a rushed morning or a mid-afternoon snack!

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Cherry Walnut Oat Bars 13 of 26
    crumb blog cherry walnut oat bars

    So much to love about walnuts - full of healthy, unsaturated fats, protein and anti-oxidants! Paired with fiber-rich oats and flour, along with milk and dried cherries and you've got a delicious breakfast bar that's just brimming with goodness!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Crumb Blog

  • Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars 14 of 26
    cupcakes and kale chips banana nut bread granola bars

    These gluten-free vegan bars have all the familiar components of banana bread - but baked up into a chewy, take along bar!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Cupcakes and Kale Chips

  • Power "Truffles" 15 of 26
    always order dessert breakfast power truffles

    Don't you love the name? These little "bites" pack a big punch - nutritionally as well as flavor-wise. Dense, delicious and filled with dates, nuts, chia seeds and other healthy, filling ingredients.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Always Order Dessert

  • Pistachio Lime Crunch Bars 16 of 26
    spa bettie pistachio lime crunch bars

    Dairy, egg and gluten-free, these vegan no-bake bars are bright and flavorful - thanks to lots of lime (juice and zest), pistachios and crunchy cereal. You can cut them into bars or roll them into bite-size balls; either way you are sure to fall in love!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Spa Bettie

  • Breakfast "Cookie" 17 of 26
    mad in crafts breakfast cookies

    Think of these cookies as "portable" oatmeal! All the same components - oats, dried fruit and fresh fruit, seeds and nuts - in a handy, take along breakfast cookie!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Mad in Crafts

  • Fig and Walnut Energy Bites 18 of 26
    wonky wonderful fig and walnut energy bites

    Love figs? Me too. Love Fig Newtons? Who doesn't? These delicious little bites taste exactly like the inside of a Fig Newton - except they're way healthier!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Wonky Wonderful

  • Skinny Pumpkin Bites 19 of 26
    shugary sweets skinny pumpkin energy bites

    An easy way to get more veggies into your diet! Nutrient-packed pumpkin puree stars in these no-bake bites!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Shugary Sweets

  • Vegan Banana Granola Bars 20 of 26
    little ferraro kitchen vegan banana granola bars

    Coconut oil is a nutritional powerhouse, providing the "healthy fat" in these delicious vegan bars, along with bananas, dried fruit, chia seeds and flax seed.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Little Ferraro Kitchen

  • Healthy Snack Bars 21 of 26
    roxana's home baking healthy snack bars

    I'm always a bit skeptical when I see the words "healthy" on a box of snack bars. I mean, it's more than just adding some oats and raisins, right? Well, these bars are the real deal. Sweetened naturally with unsweetened applesauce, these vegan and gluten-free bars are a snack you can feel good - no, make that GREAT - about!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Roxana's Home Baking

  • Chocolate Coconut Bars 22 of 26
    roxana's home baking chocolate coconut bars

    For the coconut fan in your life - another great vegan, gluten-free, no-bake bar, with no added sugar!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Roxana's Home Baking

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars 23 of 26
    roxana's home baking peanut butter chocolate bars

    A healthy peanut butter cup? Yes, please! With just 4 ingredients  - and a quick turn in the food processor - and you can get these bars into your fridge in no time!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Roxana's Home Baking

  • Fig and Cherry Bars 24 of 26
    ricki heller raw fig and cherry bars

    A truly grown-up snack bar. High in calcium, protein and fiber, I love the combination of figs, dried cherries, almonds and lemon zest!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Ricki Heller

  • Energy Snack Bars 25 of 26
    call me pmc energy snack bars

    Got two minutes? That's all you need to get these bars into the fridge. The hardest part? Waiting for them to set....

    Image and recipe courtesy of Call Me PMC

  • Vanilla Ginger Protein Bars 26 of 26
    spa bettie vanilla ginger protein bars

    These protein bars - filled with bits of crystallized ginger - are just the ticket when looking for a quick, filling, mid-morning (or afternoon) snack.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Spa Bettie


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