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By Fredrica Syren:

I used to eat energy bars before I had kids. Considering they cost many dollars each, it for sure was an expensive habit and not very sustainable for either my wallet or the planet. These days, I really don’t eat individually packaged processed food, so power bars are something I would never buy. But there are times when a quick energy bar is a good idea when I’m out and about so now I make my own. They are both better for me and the planet, and cost little to make.

No Bake Energy Bar — Recipe adapted from Trash Is for Tossers

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped almondsgranola bars
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup popped quinoa
  • 1 cup nut butter (almond or peanut butter works.) I use peanut.
  • 3/4 cup honey
  1. Pop the quinoa. (See instructions for how to do this here.)
  1. Add all ingredients one by one into a mixing bowl.
  1. Using your hands, combine thoroughly.
  1. Transfer to a 9 x 13 baking pan that is lightly greased with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  1. Refrigerate for a few hours to harden the ingredients.
  1. Slice into energy bars and enjoy!

.Homemade Lara Bars—Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katielararbar

  • ½ cup unsalted cashews
  • A scant 1 ¼ cup dates
  • Small pinch salt
  • Optional: some fresh vanilla bean or 1 Tbsp. carob powder
  1. Blend in your food processor until it’s a sticky dough.
  2. Form into any shapes. I personally like to make them look like Lara Bars — log-alike☺

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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