March 12, 2010

HOMEMADE ENERGY GOODNESS

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HOMEMADE ENERGY BAR RECIPE

This homemade energy bar recipe is chock-full of goodies and will sustain even the most exhausted peddler through the trip home. Wrap them individually and make extras for tucking into school backpacks. They may not be as pretty as a wrapped clif bar, but they sure taste amazing.

Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • l tsp. vanilla extract
  • l cup granola
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or any chopped dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or your favorite nut)
  • 1 1.69-oz. pkg. M&M's chocolate candies (or you can substitute carob chips)
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter or oil an 8- x 8-inch square pan (preferably nonstick). Crack the egg into a medium-sized bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Stir in the granola, raisins, hazelnuts and M&M's and mix until combined. The M&M's can be replaced with carob chips, which will cut down on the sugar content.
Transfer to the pan and distribute evenly over the bottom, pressing firmly with your hands. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars or squares. Serves 8 to 12.
The trick here is to let the homemade energy bar cool! Getting those "hungry peddlers" in your home to wait long enough might be a chore! Your chances are better if these are made when they're not around, but only if you can resist the temptation yourself.  Happy energy eating.

1 comment:

Jillicious said...

can't wait to try them! every three months or so i can't bear to eat another clif bar. i can still taste the soy in my mouth . . .

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