Wednesday, February 17, 2010
(Energy Bars from the Healthiest Meals on Earth cookbook)
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal (there's a brand with koala's on the box in the children's organics that works pretty well)
- 1 1/2 cups diced dried apricots (I use whatever dry fruit I feel like)
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/2 cup blue agave nectar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use chunky natural peanut butter)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F. Chop up the almonds. Spread the oats, cereal, and almonds on a 13x9 nonstick pan lined with parchment paper. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the oats are toasted, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, chop the apricots; transfer to a large bowl. Add the raisins, protein powder, and wheat germ; toss with rubber spatula to mix.
Combine the rice syrup and agave nctar in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Quickly pour the syrup over the oatmeal mixture and stir well.
With a spatula, immediately spread the warm mixture into a jelly-roll pan. Place another piece of parchment on top of the mixture and press into a thin, even layer. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Cut into whatever size bars you wanted and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
These granola bars are actually really easy to make, and you know exactly what's in them!