Energy bars

This is a flexible recipe that has evolved over time.  Some of the ingredients use up things we have at hand (ex: bits of cereal at the bottom of the bag) or are preferences (we love coconut, are very anti-raisin).  Have noted some substitutions/swaps for more readily available ingredients, though feel free to experiment.
To make it easier to track adjustments, I switched to weight measures.  I’ll try to snag the current volume measures next time I make them.

Energy Bars (small batch)
Wet mix

  • 100g membrillo or date paste (also have used pitted dates with a splash of hot water)
  • 100g peanut butter (we use natural creamy from Trader Joes, though crunchy would also work or whatever nut butter you fancy)
  • 100g brown rice syrup (could use corn syrup, maple syrup or honey, though with the last two, you may want to reduce the quantity and add a bit more nut butter)

    Dry mix
  • 60g quick oats, toasted50g unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted (we use finely shredded, could do flakes as well or swap in chopped dried fruit)
  • 30g brown rice crispies (regular are fine as well, could try other small puffed cereal)
  • 50g cereal bits (can swap more brown rice crispies, we just have a lot of bits left over from Ben’s morning cereal)
  • 75g nuts, sliced or chopped (sliced almonds, chopped cashews or peanuts – whatever you fancy; can swap in dried fruit)
  • handful of chocolate chips
  1. line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment, wax paper or foil (or double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan)
  2. toast oats and coconut – can skip if short on time, toast on stovetop or in oven; it’s about 3-4 minutes on stovetop for the oats, put the coconut in at the last minute or so
  3. combine wet mix and heat (I use a 2c pyrex and microwave it – have also heated it up on the stove)
  4. measure remaining dry mix ingredients EXCEPT chocolate in large mixing bowl  
  5. add toasted oats and coconut and toss to combine
  6. add wet mix to bowl and stir thoroughly
  7. add in the chocolate chips and give it a quick stir before pressing into prepared pan
  8. press the mixture out evenly across the pan
  9. put in the freezer or fridge to set (20 mins or whatever time you have; can leave overnight, though if in the freezer, will need to leave out for a while before cutting)
  10. cut into bars, squares, or bites

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