• 1&1/4 Cups Gluten Free, Brown Rice Krispies
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Nuts (Any type can be used, I chose walnuts for this batch.)
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Fruit (I used a combination of apricots, apples, and pears.)
  • 1/3 Cup Honey (Plus extra*.)
  • 1/2 Cup Nut Butter (Once again, up to you. I used Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter.)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • **Optional: A few squares of dark chocolate and some rice milk (Or any other kind of "milk".)
  • You can also add shredded coconut, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate chunks, and anything else you like to snack on!

Let me preface this by saying that this is not a purely original recipe. I’m not the first to have thought “I should make my own Clif Bars!” as evidenced by the many recipes found using a search engine. I’ve noticed that most of the recipes I have run into use more or less the same base ingredients: oats, puffed rice, and flaxseed meal. I followed that example, but the rest is my own adaptation. There are dozens of different combinations that one could come up with to meet their likes, and I encourage you to be creative.  I feel that I should also add that while these are healthy, they are relatively high in calories as they are made primarily to fuel sports and exercise.

Here are the ingredients that I used:

  • 1&1/4 Cups Gluten Free, Brown Rice Krispies
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Nuts (Any type can be used, I chose walnuts for this batch.)
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Fruit (I used a combination of apricots, apples, and pears.)
  • 1/3 Cup Honey (Plus extra*.)
  • 1/2 Cup Nut Butter (Once again, up to you. I used Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter.)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • **Optional: A few squares of dark chocolate and some rice milk (Or any other kind of “milk”.)
  • You can also add shredded coconut, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate chunks, and anything else you like to snack on!
For anybody trying this who is not very experienced with cooking, I recommend to always start by measuring out your ingredients. That way, you don’t realize midway through cooking that you forgot something important that forces you to deviate from the task at hand.

Once your ingredients are measured, go ahead and follow these simple steps:

  • Get a large bowl and mix together the rice, oats, flaxseed, fruit and nuts.
  • Put the honey and nut butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Stir this well until the two are melted and combined, making sure to not allow it to burn. Add the vanilla extract and stir some more and take the mixture off the heat.
  • Pour the honey, butter, and vanilla mixture over the dried ingredients in the bowl and start mixing. It’s best to use your hands here as a spoon will just get sticky and make things all the more messy. If you have kids or culinarily-challenged loved ones (The type that only can only make omelets.), now is a good time to employ their help as very little can go wrong and it’s fun to get others involved.
  • *Based on how sticky your mixture is, you may want to go back and heat another 1/3 to 1/2 cup of honey with just a few Tbsp of water in the small sauce pan you previously used. Stir until a syrup forms, then pour this over everything and mix again. This will help things keep together if you are finding that your mixture is too crumbly.
  • Once everything is thoroughly combined, press the mixture into a pan of your choice (Preferably square of rectangular if you are going for the energy-bar look). This step allows you to create nice, evenly shaped bars.
  • From here you can proceed one of two ways. I chose to use the pan to shape one large bar, then un-molded it all onto some wax paper to allow it to cool properly and make it easier to cut. You could also cut individual bars straight in the pan the way many people do with brownies. Either way is fine.
  • **Optional: For those of you that feel the need to make this a tad bit more elaborate, chop up 4 or 5 squares of chocolate (I used 70% dark) and use a splash of rice milk (or whatever kind of “milk” you like), and put that in a bain-Marie over a fairly low heat. Stir frantically until the chocolate melts, and you will have a chocolate syrup. Pour it over the molded Clif mixture (fun patterns encouraged) and allow it to set.
Depending on what you will be using these bars for (eg snack at home or energy bar for on the go workouts), you can cut the bars any different number of ways. I eyeballed my cutting and made 15 bars out of this batch. Wrapping is another story. I chose to let the bars dry out a bit on the counter to make sure that they wouldn’t get destroyed in my jersey pockets while I was on the bike. I don’t plan on pre-wrapping them all individually. Rather, I’ll let them hang out in my kitchen and wrap one or two in plastic wrap, parchment paper, or aluminum wrap before my workouts. That way they stay nice and fresh, and I can enjoy them when I’m out on the road.

Please share any thoughts on possible variations, comments, and constrctive criticism in the comments! Click here for detailed nutritional information for 1 bar (1/15th of a batch).