Bonus Sunday cooking adventures: Energy bars


I had some issues with my cooking this weekend. Nothing quite turned out like it was supposed to. I was missing ingredients. Recipes confused me. I cooked something and it didn’t look good.

So when I finished baking these energy bars, I debated whether or not to post them. (It’s true — I don’t post everything I make.) They didn’t look particular appetizing to me. And I wasn’t sure anyone would try them.

But my husband tried and liked them — surprise! — so I decided to post them after all. These bars don’t have sugar, but they do have honey, oats, quinoa and raisins. They are sweet and pack a lot of protein, which makes them a great late afternoon snack when you’re getting the munchies and trying not to hit the vending machines.

Try these. They were quick and easy to make and they taste good. There are also lots of flavor variations on the original link. I tried the peanut butter ones because peanut butter is what I had in the house.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

1 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa (I used black because it’s what I had)
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted crunchy peanut butter (you can use smooth — I happened to have crunchy)
6 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Spread oats and quinoa on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Place oat mixture in a large bowl, and stir in raisins, peanuts, flaxseed meal, and cinnamon.
3. Combine peanut butter, honey, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture; toss well to coat. Press mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in dish. Cut evenly into 16 (1 x 4-inch) bars.


3 responses to “Bonus Sunday cooking adventures: Energy bars”

  1. I thought these were splendid. Only thing I didn’t like was all the black quinoa that stuck in my teeth. But taste was great and it took care of my afternoon munchies. THANKS!!!!

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