Dynise Balcavage's No-Bake Energy Bars

No-Bake Energy Bars

Running requires healthy fuel and lots of it. These No-Bake Energy Bars are modified from my 2nd cookbook, Celebrate Vegan. In addition to being a healthy post-workout snack, they are also nice for breakfast, and pair perfectly with strong coffee or tea.
Author Dynise Balcavage


  • 1 cup creamy nut butter peanut, cashew, almond
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup plus more if needed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt or to taste will depend on the salt content of your nut butter
  • About 2¼ cup rolled oats
  • Up to ¼ cup ground flaxseed chia seeds, or a mixture
  • Up to ¼ cup of dry additions chocolate chips, raisins, crushed dried banana chips, dried cranberries, goji berries, unsweetened coconut, etc


  1. Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat nut butter, liquid sweetener, cinnamon and salt over medium-low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. With a heavy spoon or spatula, stir in remaining ingredients until completely combined. If seems too dry, add more sweetener by the tablespoon. Mixture should be sticky but clumpy.
  4. Press into prepared pan with your hands. Bars will hold together better if you put a lot of pressure on them. Place in refrigerator to firm up.
  5. Slice into desired size. Placed in airtight Ziplock bags, these freeze well for about a month.