First recipe: Energy Bars
This recipe intrigued me immediately. As a teacher, I'm constantly looking for healthy, filling snacks that I can grab on the go, since I seldom have time to sit down and eat my lunch. I enjoy granola bars, but seldom eat them because I'm cheap and I figure they're full of preservatives. I was excited to try these out!
First, I assembled all of my ingredients. I subbed out the raisins and used dried cranberries instead.
The recipe is quite simple: you dump all of the ingredients in the food processors except the egg and maple syrup. Pulse until everything is finely chopped.
|Yikes--I haven't even added my dried fruit yet, and look how full my food processor is! We'll see how this goes...|
|Whew! It fits--barely!|
My food processor was a little too small, so I transferred it to a bowl and finished 'mixing' by hand.
I thought I'd experiment a little, so I added 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips to half of the batter.I figure it's only a teaspoon of chocolate per bar, so it doesn't add that many calories. I also figured it was the only way I'd get the husband to try them--he's definitely not a fan of dried fruit.
Spread into a 13 x 9 and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
**This was no easy task! I should have sprayed my rubber scraper/spatula with cooking spray first.
*Uses pantry ingredients
*Quick and easy
*a little "healthy" for some tastes (example: the husband and my picky nephew)
Perhaps adding a little more maple syrup or larger chocolate chips would cause these to appeal to more palates?
Overall--worth making again, but I'll definitely do some tweaking in the future.