Still experimenting with this one here, but if you want quick – if not always well-adhering – energy bars these are good – and tasty!
I decided to come up with an energy bar recipe in order to get a good, energizing snack or pre-meal snack to work into my day. I tend to eat 400-500 or so calorie meals, just to keep from pigging out, so I tend to have about 2 snacks a day (and yes, I brush my teeth then as well). This was an experiment in creating a good, solid one.
- 4 cups oats
- 1/2 cup rasins
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cups peanut butter.
- Dash vanilla (1/8 tsp)
- Mix Oats, rasins in a bowl.
- Heat maple syrup, blend in peanut butter and vanilla.
- Pour over mix, stir until everything is coated.
- Put in pan, cover with saran wrap, push down to pack, chill in refreigerator.
- When it’s firm, move to the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Cut into 16 bars.
Each bar has 242 cal, 6 grams protein, 3g fiber, and is about 13% of your fat and 8% of your saturated fat needs. So they’re good, but I wouldn’t eat more than 1 or 2 a day, or use them if you need a caloric blast while working out.
Now the hard part here is not making them fall apart, so I’m messing with the ingredients First two times I did it they held together, then they fell apart last time. I’m debating a bit more maple syrup or leaving out the rasins to get better binding. Ideas are appreciated!
Taste-wise these are insanely delicious. Plus when my last batch fell apart, it just became pseudo-granola – which is great, but harder to pace yourself when eating.
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