Two No-Bake Energy Bar Recipes
We all know that energy bars are a healthy snack option for people who are wanting to live a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. The problem with energy bars, however, is that they are so expensive. Wouldn't it be great if you could make your own? You can! These two easy recipes are easy to make, and require no baking. Your kids will even like them too.
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Bars
These energy bars are great for kids to munch on for breakfast or after school instead of cookies. They won't even know that these are good for them.
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. honey
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 c. quick cooking oats
1 c. crispy rice cereal
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp. mini chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl, stir the quick cooking oats and rice cereal together. In a small sauce pan, mix together butter, honey, and brown sugar. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes, continuing to stir constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour the butter and honey mixture over the oats and rice and stir together until dry ingredients are completely moistened.
Grease a small jelly roll pan and press the oat and rice mixture into the pan with a greased spatula. Press the mixture down as flat as possible.
Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips on top of the bars and lightly press them into the mixture. Let the pan set for a couple of hours until the chocolate chips harden again.
Cut the mixture into bars and wrap individually in plastic wrap or store in ziploc bags. These bars do not need to be refrigerated.
Fruit and Nut Bars
These energy bars are also easy to make and require no baking. These bars are similar to Larabars, so if you like those energy bars, you will love this homemade version.
1 c. raw almonds
1/4 c. raisins
Place dates, almonds, and raisins in your food processor and mix for a couple of minutes until the ingredients are completely blended. The mixture should resemble cookie dough, it will be thick and moist.
Cut a piece of plastic wrap approximately 12 inches by 18 inches and place it in front of you on the kitchen counter.
Place the date mixture in the center of the plastic wrap. Fold up the sides of the plastic wrap so that your hands aren't touching the mixture, and gently knead the mixture into the shape of a large "bar". Press the mixture to approximately 3/4 inch thickness, trimming the edges with a knife so that the edges are straight.
Wrap the large bar in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours to make it easier to cut. Remove the bar from the freezer and place it on a cutting board. Cut the large bar into six equal pieces. Wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap. They do not need to be refrigerated.
These homemade energy bars are really easy to make and healthy too. Give both recipes a try and see which one you and your family likes best.
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