Monday, August 20, 2012

No-Bake Oatmeal Fruit & Nuts Energy Bars

No-Bake Oatmeal Fruit & Nuts Energy Bars

If you like energy bars (Cliffbars, Lara Bars, etc.), you’ll enjoy making your own Energy Bars and adding exactly what you want in a healthy bar.

Be creative and use your favorite nut butters, dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts, seasonings, etc.
This is my third time making these bars and each time they come out better. The first batch was good, and very rich. The second batch was still a bit too sweet. In the third batch, I switched to maple syrup and used only ½ cup. It is still a rich bar and very good.

1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1 cup bran cereal
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup dried nonfat milk powder or nondairy
2/3 cup dried fruit (blueberries, raisins, cherries)
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/3 cup coconut
2 Tblsp Flax, ground
2 Tblsp chia seeds
1 cup nut or seed butter (peanut, cashew, almond, tahini)
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, agave, or favorite
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Line a 9x9-inch square metal baking pan foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl mix the cereals, wheat germ, milk powder, dried fruit and nuts; set aside.

Place the nut butter, sweetener and molasses in a large heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly, melted and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. Mix in the cereal mixture (mix until well blended and all of the oat mixture is coated). If too sticky, add additional oatmeal.

Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using a large square of wax paper or foil, very firmly press mixture down into pan to compact.

Cool completely. Remove bars using foil overhang and then cut into 16 bars or squares. Tightly wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Store the wrapped bars in a plastic zip-top bag in the refrigerator. Makes 16 servings.

Posted by RBudladi

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