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Apr 28, 2010 12:19 PM

On the Go: Recipes for Homemade Energy Bars?

Hi foodies,

I'm in a bind: hungry, no time on my hands, and getting sick of paying $1.50+/ "healthy nutrition bar" at the deli. Have any recipes for me?

No allergies, love nuts, BUT I'd like to try to make at least one of the ingredients local/seasonal (not easy in NY, right now only apples, asparagus, radishes, and spinach are in season... ewww spinach bars...)

Any ideas?

(I'll go for granola recipes too).

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  1. Simplest process I know of it melt anything edible (honey, marshmallows, butter, etc.) or combination thereof and stir in some granola, dried fruits, nuts, whatever you like. You may have to eat some of it to get enough energy to stir the mix. Roll (press into mass while rollling) in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate until set. Cut into lengths of your choice, store in refrigerator in plastic wrap.
    P.S. Stock up on handi-wipes for cleanup after the snack ;>)

    1. Does it have to be a bar?

      Why not just combine some dried fruit and mixed nuts? You'll save yourself the added time of mixing and/or baking and refined sugars and fats (from binders such as molasses, honey or butter).

          1. Homemade Larabars... 2 parts dates to 1 part finely chopped nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts, what have you), all measured by weight. Heat up the dates to soften (15 seconds in the microwave should do the trick), mash them, mix in the nuts, press into bars, refrigerate, cut into bars, yum. The original Larabars proudly use raw ingredients as much as they can. I think the homemade ones will be better if you roast the nuts and add a wee bit of salt. You can also add in some finely chopped dried fruits to change the flavor (cherries, apples, and bananas are good places to start), substituting those for some of the dates.

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