Ultimate Energy Bars

On Tuesday, I’m taking a 30+ hour bus trip to Orlando, Florida with my college Newman Center group. It should be a really fun time! Not sure about the 30 hours on a bus part, but I’m sure we’ll make the most of it. In preparation, I thought I should make something edible to share on the bus ride down there. So I decided on something semi-healthy, energy bars.

Recipe adapted from Vegan Energy Bars Recipe

Energy Bars

2 cups quick oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup crushed pretzels
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup crushed dark chocolate mini candy bars
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1-1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut flakes, pretzels, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, candy bar pieces, and flaxseed.
3. Mix together peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl, then microwave on high for 1 minute.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
5. Generously grease a 9X13 inch pan and pour in mixture. Press into the pan – bars should be 1 inch thick (or so).
6. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating pan at the half-way point.
7. Let cool, refrigerate, cut into approx. 12 bars, and enjoy.
You may also wish to just turn the mix into granola, in which case, you can simply let cool and crumble.

I just got back from my week in Florida. Sadly, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground here in South Dakota, and it’s about fifty degrees colder. Oh well, I enjoyed the warm weather while I was down there. Oh, and a little follow-up on the energy bars: they were a HUGE success! Everyone loved them!

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One response to “Ultimate Energy Bars

  1. This looks like a great recipe!
    in fact, all your recipes look delicious and i love your “about” section!
    good luck winning the challenge at GGB!

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