School is officially under way, and I have to say I’m having mixed feelings about it.

I’m the kind of person who craves structure, so as convenient as it is for me to schedule work and time for myself when my guys are in school, I miss the lazy mornings of laying around in our pajamas and spending leisurely afternoons at the pool.

I love being able to plan a hike with my girlfriends each week, but I hate packing lunches every morning. So whether I’m ready or not, it’s time to settle into a routine!

I find the biggest challenge of switching from summer mode to school mode is making sure my kids are getting enough sleep and eating enough of the right foods. Those two things are make or break with my kids. It’s so important to get them to bed on time and also make sure they are filling their bodies with food that will give them the energy to get through the day.

So when In The Raw asked me to make a recipe from their archives using one of their all natural sweeteners, I was hoping to find something I could use in lunch boxes or as an after school snack.

This recipe for Turbinado Energy Bars fits the bill perfectly! Not only are they made entirely from whole foods, they’re easy to make and I knew would be loved by kids and adults alike. I could just as easily throw one into my son’s lunch box as I could my pocket for a quick energy boost during one of my weekly hikes.

Buttery macadamia nut oil, which is full of antioxidants, imparts a delicate yet rich flavor that doesn’t overpower the bar. Chopped nuts, seeds and oatmeal make up the bulk of the bar while the not-overly-sweet energy bar gets a nice crunch from the turbinado sugar.

It’s a sweet treat I don’t feel guilty about letting my kids munch on. Full of organic nuts and seeds, these are the perfect snacks to fuel a long day at school. And not bad crumbled on a bowl of Greek yogurt and some fresh berries for breakfast either!!

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And, honestly, what could be more tempting than baking with an all natural product and sharing it with friends and family? It’s a win-win in my book! If you want to the recipe for these amazing bars, you can find it here.

While you’re on the In The Raw site, be sure to spend time browsing through the many recipes using one of In The Raw’s all natural sweeteners. They have so many wonderful recipes it will be hard to choose just one! If you leave a comment below telling me what recipe you’d like to make most, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to

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79 Responses to Turbinado Energy Bars

  1. I would love to make Spiced Walnuts! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  2. These energy bars sound fantastic and I love how healthy they are. I always need new ideas for lunch boxes and these would definitely work!

    As for a recipe from the In The Raw site, it would have to be the coconut rum balls. Perfect for the holidays!

  3. Colleen says:

    The Spiced Walnuts look like they would be good, it makes me think of fall.

  4. The no bake peanut butter oat cookies look wonderful. I think I’ll make them with the grand kids next time they visit.

    I use “In the Raw” products quite a bit. The sugar makes a great crunchy top for cookies, and I like raw sugar in my coffee way better than I do white sugar….

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!


    • Kelley says:

      I couldn’t agree more. The Raw products are amazing. I love the turbinado in my coffee and it makes for such a nice crunchy topping for cookies and cakes!

  5. Kelly D says:

    I would like to make the No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares

  6. melissa h. says:

    these energy bars are right up my alley! I can stash small bits of it foyer a quick boost on my long runs!

  7. Shannon says:

    All about no bake cookies and treats this summer, avoiding the oven at all costs!

  8. carrian says:

    These look delicious!

  9. Brandy says:

    Coffee baked beans or mulled apple cider

  10. cw says:

    what a great snack recipe for kiddos!
    I’ll have to try the rubyritas for me

  11. tara pittman says:

    I would make No-Bake Nutty Oat Bars.

  12. Debbie B says:

    i saw a recipe called Celebration Cake that looks like something i would like to try

  13. Ttrockwood says:

    Grape popsicles recipe looks great! My nephew would love them!

  14. Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to make Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  15. The Spicy Fiesta Slaw would be a great side with so many dishes. The Energy Bars look delicious too.

  16. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make the Ambrosia Waldorf Salad

    pokergrl8 at

  17. Amy Tong says:

    There are so many recipes I wanna try. Guess I’m ahead of the season and already in the holiday mood. I would love to try this Spiced Cranberry Sauce! So pretty too.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  18. Melinda says:

    Red Berry Popsicles I love fruity desserts 🙂

  19. sean says:

    the Ambrosia Waldorf Salad sounds great and not too challenging

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

  20. Melanie says:

    I want to make the White Chocolate Pear Bread Pudding. Sounds delicious.

  21. LAMusing says:

    The White Chocolate Pear Bread Pudding sounds soooooo good!

  22. Norma says:

    The Pear Tart!

  23. sy says:

    The energy bars look good I could eat them for breakfast every morning. I also want to try the coconut rum balls.
    songyueyu at gmail

  24. Tina M says:

    Chocolate Cheesecake

  25. Harmony B says:

    Would love to try the chocolate cheesecake

  26. Tiffany Winner says:

    I would like to make the No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

  27. Lee says:

    My favorite recipe to make would be No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares.

  28. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would like to make the Coconut Rum Balls

    rounder9834 at yahoo dot com

  29. Monica L says:

    I would love to try making the Coconut Rum Balls – mm! Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Karen Medlin says:

    Spicy Fiesta Slaw sounds Yummy! Love to try that first.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  31. Kerry says:

    I’d love to try the Chocolate Cheesecake!

  32. I’d like to make the No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies!!!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  33. Betty C says:

    I was sure I wanted to try the No-Bake Nutty Oat Bars first but those energy bars look really good.

  34. Emily N. says:

    I want to try the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole recipe!

  35. Jammie says:

    I am gonna try this recipe! I would also love to make the turkey sloppy janes. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  36. maria cantu says:

    I’d like to make the unstuffed cabbage.

  37. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would like to make the Homemade Stevia Marshmallow Creme.

  38. Eugenie says:

    From The Raw website I want to make the Chinese Chicken Salad recipe.

  39. Jill says:

    I’d like to try the dark chocolate pudding made w/ stevia in the raw. My mom was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I’m anxious to find good desserts that she can still enjoy.

  40. meredith says:

    the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole sounds amazing

  41. Sarah L says:

    I want to make the mulled-apple-cider:
    Thanks for the contest.

  42. anash says:

    i would make the Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
    thanks for a great giveaway

  43. nannypanpan says:

    i’d like the mulled apple cider recipe

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