Super-easy cherry hazelnut energy bars

Super-easy cherry hazelnut energy bars

The Sugar Hit!
10 bars
Chris Middleton

These bars are exactly the energy boost I need, whether I’m road trippin’, going for a long walk, or sitting at my desk frantically trying to finish writing this book. The recipe is so simple, the ingredients are all easy to come by and the taste is completely delicious. These are a snack-lover’s saviour.


Quantity Ingredient
100g whole rolled oats, (porridge)
50g pecans, chopped
60g slivered almonds
70g hazelnuts
45g desiccated coconut
75g dried cherries
80g honey
55g dark muscovado sugar or brown sugar
60ml coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
pinch salt


  1. Grease and line a 20 cm square baking tin with baking paper, leaving some overhanging on each side.
  2. Put the oats, nuts, desiccated coconut and cherries in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the honey, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the mixture begins to bubble at the edges. Pour the honey mixture into the dry ingredients in the bowl and stir well until everything is coated.
  4. Dump the mixture into the lined tin and press it down into the edges (I find the easiest way to do this is with slightly wet hands). Keep pressing the mixture very firmly for longer than you think is necessary – this is what will stop it from falling apart. Put the tin in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour.
  5. When the mixture is totally chilled, remove it from the tin using the overhanging baking paper to lift it out. Slice into 10 bars.


  • Customise these babies! Use whatever combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit floats your boat. Just make sure you leave that cup of oats in there, and don’t mess with the ratio of honey to sugar to coconut oil. But you could easily sub butter for coconut oil, if that’s what you’ve got.
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