Energy To Go

Energy To Go


Tropical Energy Bars

Servings: 12 Bars
Prep Time: 1.5 Hours

April 20, 2017  •  By Seamus Mullen

Check out this latest Healthyish recipe for a nutritious and tasty snack you can store for months and eat on the go. 

TIP: If you can’t find no-sugar-added pineapple, this recipe works with pretty much any dried fruit of your choice, and smaller items (such as currants) don’t need to be pre-chopped.

Dried pineapple for healthy energy bar recipe


  • 6 ounces dried no-sugar-added pineapple (about 2 cups), coarsely chopped

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • ⅓ cup melted virgin coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Pulse pineapple in a food processor (it can be very tough, even for a food processor, so pre-chopping gives it a needed head-start; you may also find you need to use long pulses) until finely chopped. Add nuts and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add coconut flakes, oil, chia seeds, and salt. Pulse until a coarse purée forms.
  2. Transfer pineapple mixture to a plastic wrap-lined rimmed baking sheet. Top with another piece of plastic wrap and roll or press to a 9x6" rectangle. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Cut into 12 bars. Wrap each bar in a sheet of parchment-lined foil to take on the go, or roll into balls. Either way, be aware that they soften quickly at room temperature because of the coconut oil.

    DO AHEAD: Bars can be made 3 months ahead. Transfer to an airtight container and chill, or wrap and freeze for up to 6 months.