Ooey gooey chia prune healthy energy bars made with oats and naturally sweetened with fruit and pure maple syrup… The ultimate healthy spin-off!
Growing up we always had either nutrigrain bars or fig newtons in our snack cupboard. At the time they were considered “super healthy.” Of course, now we know that those kinds of bars are usually loaded with hidden sugars and other processed ingredients. As with many childhood favourites, I decided to create a new and improved version that is healthier without the added sugars and weird oils. These are perfect for a grab and go breakfast, snack or treat!
How to make these Chia Prune Healthy Energy Bars
The golden flaky outer dough crust – For the dough I used the base of my tried and true pastry dough recipe from my cookbook, but added a little touch of honey and oats for a fun breakfast twist!
The chia fruit jammy center – If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know I love chia seeds because they go in pretty much anything and contain a ton of fibre! The prunes create that delicious sweet base for the jam, but if they’re not your thing you could totally substitute with dried figs or dried apricot.
Prunes get such a bad wrap, but why?! Prunes are a fantastic source of energy, and provide natural sweetness to recipes like this without causing a spike in blood sugar levels. They’re also high in fiber, so when you combine them with the chia seeds you’re looking at some happy poops! If you’re ready to change the way you think about prunes and indulge in your new favourite on the go summer breakfast or snack, take a look at the recipe below!
What’s your favourite grab and go breakfast? Let me know in the comments below!
Add prunes, apple, cinnamon, maple syrup and water into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, blend until a smooth jam texture.
Next stir in the chia seeds and transfer to an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
For the bars
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a food processor, add in flour, oats, and salt and process for 5 seconds.
Next, add in the butter and process again for 10-15 seconds.
Drizzle in water and honey and process for another 15 seconds or until dough forms a ball.
Place dough onto a floured surface and roll out into a 1/8-inch thick, 12x8 inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter divide rectangle into 8 3x4 inch sections.
Place 1 tbsp of jam in the centre of each cut section and fold the dough over from the sides to wrap like a burrito and place open side up on a lined baking sheet. Press to seal top and bottom using fingers and crimp with a fork.
Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle top with some oats.
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I arrived here via the lactation cookies video… These snack bars are extremely tasty and not super sweet. I like that I’m eating prunes but I can’t taste them! My bars didn’t look as beautiful at the end, but the flavor is amazing! It’s a great treat for a pregnant person! They do taste so much better than Fig Newtons.
Happy to hear that you enjoyed the cookies.