Holy Crap Energy Bars recipe

One of my favourite pick-me-up snacks is an energy bar made and sold at my neighbourhood cafe. Full of oats, flax, dried fruits and nuts, with just a hint of chocolate.

While it’s a fairly healthy option, as far as coffee shop fare goes, I know that it probably has more sugar and fat than I need with my morning coffee.

So I put my apron on and came up with my own version. Low in sugar, low in fat and gluten free! A great way to incorporate Holy Crap, my favourite breakfast cereal in a mid-day treat.

 recipes using Holy Crap cereal

You can easily customize it by substituting your favourite dried fruits and nuts for those in my recipe. I’m thinking that dried coconut would be a yummy addition too!

Holy Crap Energy Bars

  • 2 cups ground large flake oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 cup Holy Crap Cereal(you could use Skinny B if you prefer)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave syrup (optional; I like them without)
  • 3/4 cup non-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional; although chocolate is never optional in my house!)
  1. Grind oats in food processor until fine (they should look like coarse flour)
  2. Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whist egg whites, applesauce, vanilla, honey (if using) and milk in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and top with dried fruit, nuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Stir until combined; do not over mix.
  6. Scrape batter into a lightly oiled or parchment-lined 9 x 13 inch pan.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Bars will look slightly underdone when you take them out.
  8. Place pan on a cooling rack. Cook for 20 minutes, then cut into 24 equal size bars.

baking with Holy Crap Cereal


Nutritional info per square: Calories, 106; Total Fat, 4.6 g; Sat. Fat, 1.1 g; Carbs, 14 g; Fibre, 2.4 g; Sugar, 4.5 g; Protein, 3.6 g.

Holy Crap energy bars freeze well (they only need about 10 s in the microwave to defrost) and taste great crumbled atop your morning berries and yogurt!

Holy Crap cereal with fruit


You can purchase Holy Crap cereal online (just click on the link to the left).

Disclaimer: The makers of Holy Crap Cereal recently sent me three bags of Dragons Blend to thank me for helping them with some online research. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own!

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  1. OMG- YUM!! I make my own protein bars & muffins but I could adjust & add my protein powder to these & play around to make it work!!! I have not heard of that cereal & looked at the link but need to spend more time later checking that out BUT looks amazing! THX!!!!!!! I want these now! 🙂 Tweeted & now will pin! 🙂
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    • Jody, you would love this cereal! Buckwheat, hemp hearts and chia seeds. It seems expensive, but I only use 1 Tbsp on my oatmeal or yogurt. A bag lasts me about 10 days.
      I thought of adding protein powder as well. Probably will next batch!

      Now I need to go check out your video!

  2. The name of their cereal – Oh my! These looks great. Can’t wait to try them out. I have everything in stock except applesauce. Will grab some at the store. And pinning!
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  3. LOL ! I love that the name of the cereal is Holy Crap.
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  4. Holy Crap But I still don’t want to cook or bake in the heat we’ve been having. I will join you in a workout, however!
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    • What’s your workout today?
      I’m teaching a Body Sculpt class after dinner; lots of chest and back and arms tonight!

  5. I’ve never tried Holy Crap, but these sound pretty enticing. And plus, how awesome is it to tell somebody you’re eating a bar full of Holy Crap? Haha. I’m a child, really.

    • Amanda, aren’t we all at heart?
      You can buy it online; it’s a local, Canadian company that looks like it might make it big time!

  6. These sound so filling, healthy, and tasty. Plus, you can’t beat saying “Holy Crap!” for a breakfast or snack attack. 😉
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  7. I’ve never heard of Holy Crap- but your bars sound delicious! Chocolate chips are not optional in our house, either. 🙂
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  8. I just wish it werent’ so HOLY expensive! But it is good and this recipe looks good too.
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    • Well, if you just look at the price tag ($10-11 per bag), you might think so. But break it down into servings. I eat 1 Tbsp every morning. Very filling with fruit and yogurt (or oats). There are about 10-12 servings in the bag, so $1 each. Maybe a bit more than other cereals, but compare ingredients and nutrition, not just price!

      Also, I do find grocery shopping in the US to be a lot less expensive than in Canada. Not sure why (taxes are higher, that’s one), but I love to head across the border to pick up groceries when I can!

  9. any post with the words HOLY CRAP and energy bars is a must read, right?
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  10. oooooh yummm! I love a good chew with GY!
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  11. I love a good chewy bar!
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  12. ok I MUST find the motivation today to make these.
    where did I leave my motivation? seen it?
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  13. Ron Cisneros says:

    The recipe looks great, it sounds like It would be good without the Holy Crap also.

  14. I tried this recipe yesterday. I can’t eat oats so I substituted teff and sorghum flours. If I make these again, I think I’d add more spices (apple pie spice mix, maybe?). The mild flavour could be because I only had Skinny B which doesn’t have any spices in it. Mine look more cake-like than your pictures – probably because of the flour substitution – but I like the crunchy texture of the cereal in the cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Thanks for sharing your modifications! I’m wondering if maybe an almond flour would work better (and add a bit more taste)? Cinnamon is the main spice in Holy Crap. Why don’t you try adding a heaping teaspoon?

  15. Craig Barnett says:

    Have not tried it yet, but it sounds good. Getting older, and I want to stay is shape.

  16. jVmzBFl Buy ha ha ha


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