Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

Snack and Appetizer Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

A twist on my homemade energy bars that have a nice apple cinnamon oatmeal vibe. These energy bars don’t have chocolate or peanut butter so great for peanut-free schools and kids! An apple cinnamon energy bar is the perfect snack on the go. The seeds and nuts are a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids that also provide lots of long term energy.

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 serving(s)


  • 2 cups old fashion oats
  • 2 cups Puffed Wheat cereal
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried apples - chopped into small pieces (I use scissors)
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar*
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy nut butter - (peanut free)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine oats, almonds, puffed cereal, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and dried apples in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine butter, soy nut butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and agave nectar. Bring mixture to a slight boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour mixture quickly over the dry ingredients. (like Rice Krispie Treats) Stir to combine.
  4. With wet fingers, press mixture VERY FIRMLY into a 9x13 pan lined with wax paper. Let harden. (I put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden quickly before cutting.) Cut into approx 24 pieces. If you want them thicker, make 1 and ½ of the recipe or don't fill the whole pan.
  5. Store in the freezer – best when thawed for a few minutes. *I wrap individual bars in wax paper and keep in freezer in a Tupperware tub so kids can grab “on the go”.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 bar

Calories: 183

Protein: 4 gram(s)

Fat: 8 gram(s)

Carbohydrates: 26 gram(s)

Fiber: 3 gram(s)

*You can use honey but I prefer Agave Nectar which has a low glycemic index; is less sticky than honey; and has all the useful properties of real sugars when baking.

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on Reply

I love this recipe and I love another bar recipe, "Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bars", that I got from the Choose This! Cookbook. But I can no longer find puffed wheat cereal. Do you have any suggestions of either where to find this cereal or an alternative ingredient that would fit well into either recipe. I'm in Minnesota so if there's someplace I haven't looked that you know puffed wheat can be found, I'd love to continue using that because it works well with these bars!

    on Reply

    Hi Tammy - so glad you've enjoyed both of these recipes! It looks like puffed wheat cereal can be purchased on Instacart. Otherwise if you're not finding it at your normal grocery stores, you can always try a puffed rice cereal such as Rice Krispies.

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