Sunday, May 4, 2008

No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bars with Cherries and Almonds

I found this recipe through fellow Bad Girl Miss Niss, on a blog she likes called Enlightened Cooking. (just for the record, Miss Niss may very well be the Baddest Bad Girl: she just finished her 2nd 1/2 marathon this year! Congrats! She has also run 272 miles so far this year. Yeah, well we just DROVE over 2,200 miles...take that...or something... ;-)

So anyway, I made these Energy Bars. They are quite easy. This time, I used almond butter (plus a little peanut butter to fill the cup), dried cherries and almonds. They are delicious! (next time, we will try blueberries and pecans or cashews!) I cut mine into about 21 servings.

No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bars with Cherries and Almonds

These are also delicious with 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips in place of the nuts or fruit.

2 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ (e.g. Kretchsmer’s)
1/2 cup dried nonfat milk powder
1/2 cup dried cherries, blueberries, or other dried fruit, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup lightly salted roasted almonds (or other roasted or toasted nuts or seeds) I chopped mine.
1 cup natural-style nut or seed butter (e.g., peanut, cashew, almond, or tahini)
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Line a 9x9-inch square metal baking pan foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl mix the oatmeal, wheat germ, milk powder, dried fruit and nuts; set aside.

Place the nut butter, honey and molasses in a large heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly, melted and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix in the cereal mixture (mix until well blended and all of the oat mixture is coated).

Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using a large square of wax paper or foil, very firmly press mixture down into pan to compact.

Cool completely. Remove bars using foil overhang and then cut into 16 bars or squares. Tightly wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Store the wrapped bars in a plastic zip-top bag in the refrigerator. Makes 16 servings.

VEGAN No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bars with Cherries and Almonds:
Use brown rice syrup in place of the honey and soy powder in place of the milk powder.


Miss Niss said...

wow! thats so cool that you made these! i haven't yet had time!! glad they turned out good, i'm definitely excited to give them a whirl!

oh, and thanks for the congrats and shout out!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Wish I had seen this recipe last week. I tried to make breakfast bars from my own concoction,(I hate to sit down and eat breakfast am always rushing off someplace and needed something to gobble up on my way). Anyway mine were a disaster and are still sitting in a pan in my oven growing mold..ugh.
Sandie in Michigan

Min said...

Sandie, you should make these! (after you pry yours out of the pan =) They're great.

Miss Niss, you're amazing.

Martha's Menagerie said...

These sounds awesome! I'm going to give yours a try on my next batch :-)

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