Ellie Krieger's Energy Bars
These are terrific for on-the-go snacking, to power up before after-school activities or even as a healthful option for a bake sale.
Energy Bar Recipe
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup shelled unsalted raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup whole grain pastry flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pitted dried dates
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Place all the ingredients, except the maple syrup and eggs, in a food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped. Add the syrup and eggs and pulse until the mixture is well combined. It will resemble a coarse paste.
3. Transfer to the baking pan and spread evenly to cover the bottom. Bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cut into 20 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about three days or wrap individually and freeze for up to three months.
Serving size: 1 bar
Makes 20 bars, each about 3 x 1 1/2 inches.
Reprinted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger, published by Taunton Press. To purchase this book, go to amazon.com.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.