Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Ellie’s Easy Healthy Energy Bars
I’ve been making Ellie Krieger’s Easy Healthy Energy Bars for years.
The recipe is from her first cookbook, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, which dates back to 2008.
I love her sensible balanced approach to healthy delicious eating.
Sweetened with maple syrup and brimming with oats, nuts, seeds and a variety of dried fruit, these bars bake up delicious, soft and chewy.
I was hooked after the first batch.
Try them once and I think you’ll want to make them again, and again, too.
Skinny on Ellie’s Easy Healthy Energy Bars
These easy healthy energy bars are easy to make provided you have a food proccessor.
If you have a hard time with self control, like me, you’ll be glad to know that these freeze well.
I like to wrap individual bars in plastic wrap, place them in a zipper lock bag and toss them in the freezer.
Then I pull them out one at a time so I’m not tempted to overindulge.
According to my calculations, each energy bar has 133 calories, *4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
Healthy Energy Bar Recipe Variations
These bars can be modified in lots of ways depending on the nuts, seeds and dried fruit you like best, and have on hand.
different nuts – substitute walnuts, peanuts, pecans, for the almonds
different seeds – substitute sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds or a combination
different fruit – dried plums, pineapple, apples, mango, blueberries, cherries, etc.
no maple syrup – substitute honey or brown rice syrup
vegan – substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for the eggs
no dried milk – substitute protein powder or PB2 or skip it altogether
This video demonstrates how easy it is to make your own low calorie granola oat bars at home:
If you like these healthy energy bars, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Low-Fat Cranberry Bars, Oprah’s Healthy Apricot Oat Bars, Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars, Nigella’s Breakfast Bars and Chocolate-Topped Peanut Butter Oat Bars.
This healthy homemade energy bars bake up sweet and chewy thanks to maple syrup, oats, nuts, seeds and a variety of dried fruit.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dried pitted dates
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Place oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, flour, fruit, almonds, dry milk, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until everything is roughly chopped.
Add maple syrup and eggs and pulse until everything is well blended.
Spread the thick batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cut bars into 20 bars.
Once they are completely cool, you can store these fruity, nutty, chewy, healthy granola bars in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
*4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
*5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
I used the following kitchen tools to make Ellie’s Healthy Energy Bars:
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