Nutrition On The Move: Power Bar Junkies

If you are a power bar junkie, this recipe is for you.

There are many options for nutritional bars on the market, but the bottom line is that most are still processed food. They are also incredibly expensive!

Give your body the whole food nutrition it needs by following this easy protein and fiber rich recipe.

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Homemade crunch bars are healthier for your body, more nutritious and less expensive than store bought power bars. || Photo by Iriskh

Wheat-Free Sunflower Crunches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10-15 servings


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine sunflower, sesame,  poppy seeds, and cranberries then blend.
  3. Add oil and maple syrup, and blend again.
  4. Roll dough into several long pieces and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Notes: Experiment with different types of your favorite seeds and dried fruits!

Editor’s note: If you absolutely don’t have time in the kitchen, or want the convenience of a ready-made bar, Nichelle recommends you check out Barre, a real food (as in all-natural ingredients you can pronounce) snack developed by professional dancers! Sorry if you missed our giveaway. But here’s our review.

Joanie Johnson
Joanie Johnson is a certified health coach (CHC) through the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. Joanie is board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practioners (AADP), holds a B.A. in dance from Slippery Rock University, is a certified Pilates instructor, TRX trainer, professional modern dancer with HT Chen and Dancers, a Julie Morgentstern trained organizer and an all-around busy, motivated woman in New York City. She founded Motivated Nutrition ( to educate and motivate movers and food lovers of all ages through individual and group coaching, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, creative movement based workshops, and educational seminars. Joanie believes in everyone's right to live an active, healthy lifestyle and enjoys sharing her passion of optimal wellness through movement, fun and delicious food!


  1. I am going to try making these! They look awesome! 🙂

  2. dancergirl7 says:

    Its a good idea to eat healthy before class, performing, and in general because it will give you more energy to do your best while dancing.