Today we'll show you how to make no-bake energy bars with puffed rice and raisins. This recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan and makes truly healthy snacks. Let us tell you a bit more about the ingredients we used and the substitutions you can make!
As a base, we used puffed brown rice. You can use plain puffed rice, puffed oats, puffed spelt, or puffed wheat. Note that spelt and wheat are not gluten-free, so stick to rice or oats if you are intolerant to gluten. Whichever you use, we suggest you buy the sugar-free variety (not the Krispies), to make these bars super healthy.
These bars are no-bake, so we needed some sticky ingredients to hold everything together. A classic and easy choice is honey or maple. But as we didn't want to use any added sugars, we instead opted for a mix of almond butter and banana. Nut butter is also an excellent source of proteins, making these bars a great post-workout snack.
So how did we make these bars sweet without any sugar? We used dried fruit! You can use raisins, dry blueberries, or any other you fancy. As a final touch, we sprinkled in some crushed hazelnuts, for extra crunch and a boost of proteins.
These puffed rice bars are great for energy release. Instead of using fast-energy sources, like sugar, we rely on the power of dietary fibres to give your body a slow and steady stream of energy. A single bar has 155 calories and it provides 8% RDI for fibres, 8% RDI for proteins, and only 2% RDI for saturated fats.
It will take you less than 10 minutes to make this recipe, with no need to use the oven. Then leave the bars to cool in the fridge for 20 minutes, and they'll be good to go. Sweet deal, right? Let's do this!