Refueling after a tough workout and making sure your body is amped with nutrients, carbs and protein can get expensive if you buy energy and protein bars from the grocery store. Having a bulk box of protein bars stored away so you’re always prepared is a convenient way to stay satiated while leading a busy lifestyle, but they are not necessarily conveniently priced. You save money by buying a box of 12 or 24 or more bars, but if you purchase one bar on it’s own, you may be paying up to two dollars just for one bar. While you’re at it, there’s a chance you might be getting some fillers and add – ins with the store-bought varieties.

For a cheaper and healthier alternative, make your own homemade energy bars (or bites or balls!). They are just as, if not more delicious than store bought ones! You get to control the ingredients that go into them, so you can choose ingredients that give you the nutrients that you need. You also get to make whatever flavor combinations you love! There’s also a lot less waste involved! Homemade energy bars really are the way to go! Need some inspiration? Try these 10 recipes for homemade energy bars from our Food Monster App!

1. Super Power Vegan Bars

These nutritious bars are the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling a lapse in energy, made with nuts, oats and nut butter to keep you full.

Super Power Vegan Bars

2. Vegan Hemp Butter Protein Bars

Hemp is a great source of protein on a vegan diet, so eat these bars to fuel your workout and power you through the day.

Vegan Hemp Butter Protein Bars

3. Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

These healthy bars are full of nutritious, whole foods like almonds, raisins, cashews, whole wheat flour, and a cinnamon stick.

Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

4. No Bake Superfood Energy Bars

These bars are are soft, chewy, and moist with crunchy surprises from the chia seeds and nuts.

No Bake Superfood Energy Bars

5. Salted Chocolate and Pistachio Energy Bars

Use one can of black beans per one cup of semi sweet chocolate chips, and bind your ingredients with two chia eggs. These eggs are easy to make – just combine 2 T of ground chia seeds with 6 T of water (the rule is 1 T of ground chia to 3 T of water per egg) and allow to sit 5-10 mins before use.

Salted Chocolate and Pistachio Energy Bars

6. Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Bars

Buckwheat is a super healthy choice for vegans, as it is loaded with minerals like manganese, fiber, copper and magnesium, as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and selenium.

Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Bars

7. Raw Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

In these little bars topped with cacao, you’ll get several healthy nuts and seeds like walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Raw Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

8. Chamomile Ginger Lemon Raw Energy Bars

The ginger, lemon and chamomile add a refreshing zing to these energy bars. Use dried apricots instead of dates for a different taste.

Chamomile Ginger Lemon Raw Energy Bars

9. Mocha Chip Larabars

Save some money by making homemade versions of your favorite protein bars. This one is full of chocolate mocha goodness thanks to coffee, chocolate chips and unsweetened cocoa.

Mocha Chip Larabars

10. Sugar-Free Vegan Protein Bars

Use this article as a guide to making your own protein bars and get creative! Use a great protein powder, some thickening agents, stevia, and choose fun and flavorful spices and liquids.

Sugar-Free Vegan Protein Bars

Lead image source: Raw Superfood Energy Bars with Cacao