Nutty maple cinnamon bars
These bars are filled with energy-boosting ingredients like oats, unsalted almonds, protein powder and more. (Photo: Clean Eating)

Nutty Maple Cinnamon Energy Bars

Nutty maple cinnamon bars

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When you’re prepping for your next big hike or long ride, the granola bar section in the grocery store can be a daunting place. It can be difficult to decipher which bar will enhance your adventure or bring you to a halt. Tons of bars on the market are loaded with added sugar and artificial ingredients, both of which inhibit the production of Orexin in the brain, a chemical that stimulates the feeling of being awake. And there’s nothing worse than falling asleep over your handlebars!

These nutty maple cinnamon bars are made with whole, energy-boosting ingredients like rolled oats, unsalted almonds, protein powder and sea salt. In lieu of processed sugars, we use maple syrup, a great alternative for simple carbohydrates that athletes can easily convert to glucose during intense activities. 

Whip up a batch of these before a long camping trip, a Sunday long run or even a walk with Fido. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge.

Nutty Maple Cinnamon Bars


  • 1 cup rolled oats, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted almonds
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Olive oil cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a clean, dry blender, process ½ cup rolled oats into oat flour; blend on medium for about 1 minute. In a large bowl, stir together prepared oat flour, remaining ½ cup rolled oats, almonds, protein powder, cinnamon and salt. Then combine applesauce, vanilla and maple syrup together with dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

3. Cut 6 squares of aluminum foil into 4 x 8-inch pieces. Lightly coat the interior with cooking spray. Spoon out an equal portion of mixture onto each foil square, and roll them into a bar shape. Fold them like tamales, folding the ends over to prevent spillage. You can flatten them into bar shapes if you want to avoid a tube-shaped bar.

4. Bake foil-wrapped bars on baking sheet in preheated oven for 16 to 18 minutes. Do not overcook.

Lead Photo: Clean Eating