8. Raw Honey Oat Bars

Whole grain oats are a great source of energy and you don’t even have to cook them to get all of their energizing benefits. These bars are great for kids, or if you’re a fan of granola bars. The ingredients are simple, easy to use and can be bought at any grocery store. These ingredients are full of energy and make great pre-workout snacks or can even be eaten at breakfast.

Makes 6 bars
1 ½ cups old fashioned oats, preferably gluten-free oats
1/2 cup raw honey (local honey is a great option)
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut or you can use chopped raw almonds or cashews
½ cup raisins or pitted dates or figs soaked in water for one hour
2 tbsp. raw flax seeds, chia seeds or sesame seeds
Optional: cinnamon, ginger

Add the oats and either coconut, almonds or cashews to a bowl. Stir to combine.

Next add the soaked dried fruit (raisins, dates or figs) plus ¼ cup of the soaking water

Stir again.

Place this in a food processor and add the honey, flaxseeds and optional spices.

Process until a thick dough forms.

Scoop out the dough into an 8x8 inch glass pan.

Cut into 12 bars (3 cuts vertically and horizontally).

Separate the bars and wrap them in saran wrap. You can keep them on the counter for a week and in the fridge for 2 weeks.

I find that eating raw is so much easier than cooking as much as I used to. I also find it is much cheaper than buying pre-made snacks. I don’t have a problem with cooking and I actually enjoy it. However, raw foods just make me feel good, especially in the summer when it is hot out and the last thing I want to do is be near a stove! What are your favorite raw foods for energy?