Monday, June 8, 2009

Trail Fuel: Home Made Energy Bars

I made these for Mountain Man before he set off for a 7 day bike trip from San Fran to San Diego. He texted me from the road that they were delicious. They are compact and can be adapted for tastes and allergies.

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 and 1/2 cups assorted nuts and seeds (your choice)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit (your choice)
  • 1/2 cup powdered nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13" pan with cooking spray.
  2. Put all ingredients except honey and eggs in a food processor and pulse until mixture is finely chopped. Add honey and eggs and pulse until combined.
  3. Transfer to baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 20 minutes.

  • If you want a lower glycemic index try agave nectar instead of honey.
  • To keep the costs down buy only what you need from the bulk section instead of packaged items. I found everything in bulk including wheat germ, whole wheat flour, and dry milk.
  • The mixture is extremely sticky. If you are having trouble spreading it in the pan try the following: 1) use a non stick spatula, 2) create your own non stick spatula by spraying your utensil with cooking spray, 3) use a sheet of wax paper to push mixture into pan.
  • For a quick snack on the go wrap cut bars in wax paper and store in the freezer.
  • If you like to see some whole nuts and fruit in your bar just keep some aside while you do the food processing and mix it in after.

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