Home Made Energy Bars
My teenage daughter and my 70 year old uncle both love these energy bars. You can vary the ingredients dramatically and they’re still delicious. Try using raisins or apricots or a combination of dried fruit. Keep the size of the ingredients about equal to a cranberry or raisin when chopping.
- 1 C rolled oats
- 1 ½ C almonds, chopped semi-fine
- 1 ½ C dried cranberries
- ½ C nonfat dried milk
- ½ C ground flax seeds
- 2 tsp butter
- 1 C organic agave or maple syrup/honey – or a combo
- 1 1/2 C peanut butter
Chop almonds. Mix dry and wet ingredients until well-combined. Spread on a flat baking sheet lined with foil or wax paper or roll in balls. Roll balls in chocolate chips for a special addition or press chips on top of flat mixture. Cut into separate portions, wrap with foil, and keep in freezer until needed. No baking is required.
The recipe above costs a fraction of what it costs to buy individual store bars and produces about 30! If you buy energy bars in a store, you are paying at least $1 per bar. Big difference in cost – especially if you’ve got a teenager eating them by the handful. I didn’t do a calorie calculation on these but my guess is it would be pretty high. That’s what you want in an energy bar – lots of instant energy (fruit and other natural sugars), along with fats, and protein for a full complement of nutrients.