Before I had kids, I loved to experiment with recipes.  I was a new nutrition graduate working at Gold’s gym, surrounded by questions about smoothies, supplements and nutrition bars!  I confess I made my fair share of poor products; some down right inedible. Luckily, at the time, I had a body-building boyfriend that would eat just about anything as long as I told him it was healthy.

Today things are different. As a busy working mom of three kids, I prefer tried and true recipes that I’m sure will turn out right. That’s where these super simple energy bars come in!

These no-bake bars are quick to prepare and make a great snack!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Rice cereal (such as Rice-Krispies or equivalent)
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats (whole or ground in food chopper)
1/3 cup nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut, etc)
¼ cup chopped dried fruit (your choice)
¼ cup chopped nuts (walnuts & almonds work great but use what you like)
¼ cup brown rice syrup (or honey or molasses)
1 Tbsp honey (save for the end)
2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
3 TBSP ground flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
 

 

To Prepare:

In a large bowl, combine the rice cereal, oats, flax, cinnamon, dried fruit & nuts. Mix well. A large bowl is recommended because you will need extra room for when the other ingredients are combined later.

*In a small saucepan, bring the syrup & brown sugar to a boil (stir constantly); remove from heat.  Stir in the nut butter and vanilla.

Pour the hot nut butter mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, stirring well (mixture will be very stiff.) Use a piece of wax paper to press the mixture into an 11X9” pan (that has been sprayed with cooking spray.)

*Let Cool

*Drizzle the 1 Tbsp of honey over the top of the pressed, cooled mixture. Cut into 12 bars.

 

*Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap.  Store in the refrigerator

 

Since many of my clients are on lower calorie diets, I decided to post an energy bar that more resembled a snack bar.  If you need more calories or prefer bars that are closer to the 250-300 calorie range, you can double the recipe.

This recipe makes 12 bars.  To the right is the nutrition facts label for 1 bar.

Enjoy!

 

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