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
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.)
*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.