Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Energy Bars

Last year, after becoming fed up with "high fructose corn syrup" and preservatives- galore granola bars, I decided to hit up the faithful Food Network website and learn to make my own.  I found a great recipe by Ellie Krieger, but have learned to adapt it to using the ingredients I have on hand.  The basic concept is nuts, seeds, dried fruit, oats, flour, egg, and a fluid sweetener/sticky agent.  You can chop the nuts and then combine everything together for chunky bars or throw everything in the food processor for smooth bars and then spread onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  These scrumptious bars had:
Oat flour
Dried Apricots
Macadamia Nuts
Sesame Seeds
Maple Syrup

They are packed with protein, omegas, fiber, and carbohydrates that combine to make for a good, healthy energy boost snack.  Rachel Ray would definitely give them a four star "Delish!"