There’s no doubt that packaged bars are convenient, especially when time is tight and you need a quick nutrient bridge from one meal to the next. I just get a little bored with them. I found that making my own energy bars is easy and just as convenient because you can individually wrap and freeze them so they’re ready when you are. As a meal replacement, I would pair them soy milk or cow’s milk for extra protein and calcium. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients. Most of the ingredients you probably have on hand and the prep is so fast and easy. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor for a quick whirl and bake. You may need to purchase a few ingredients like wheat germ and dry milk powder but both of these can be used in many other ways. Wheat germ is excellent sprinkled on yogurt, cereal, and oatmeal. I spread a banana with peanut butter and roll it in wheat germ for some extra crunch. Wheat germ has a nutty flavor and provides an excellent dose of vitamin E, magnesium, B-vitamins and zinc. Use the dry milk powder for a protein and calcium boost in smoothies and oatmeal or add it to muffin and pancake batter. Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger, RDN.
Nutty and Chewy Energy Bars
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dates
1 cup roasted almonds, salted
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a food processor, combine oats, wheat germ, flour, apricots, cranberries, dates, almonds, dry milk powder and cinnamon. Pulse until everything is roughly chopped.
- Add maple syrup and eggs. Pulse until well blended.
- Spread the thick batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Makes 18 bars. Wrap individually and freeze, if desired.
Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger, RDN