Thursday, July 17, 2014

Energy Bars

I'm so thrilled you gals like the Incredible Granola!! We love it ourselves.

Garret and I started making these Energy Bars a few months ago. Garret would take Clif Bars to work with him in case he couldn't get a normal lunch - which often happens. He can eat a couple and be fine until dinner. But, he was getting a bit tired of the cardboard-y taste. Clif Bars are great once in a while, but if you have to eat them day-after-day, it can get a bit old.

So I tried this recipe for Energy Bars, which also comes from the Make-A-Mix cookbook. MUCH tastier! I'm certain they have more sugar than the purchased kind, but we don't really feel like sugar is a 4-letter word at our house. We're pretty much "moderation-in-all-things" kind of people.

Oh, and, for those who aren't fond of peanut butter, these are not over-powered by the peanut butter flavor. Give it a try and see what you think.

Energy Bars

1/2 C. dark brown sugar

1/2 C. light corn syrup
1/2 C. peanut butter
3-1/2 C. Cori's Incredible Granola
1/2 C. peanuts

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter until smooth. Stir in Granola and peanuts until coated. Press into prepared pan. Cool to room temperature. Cut into bars.

Note: Original recipe suggests cutting these into 1" x 3" bars to make 27 servings. We like to cut them bigger so they can fill in for a meal, if necessary. We get 12 bars per batch.

We've added chopped, dried fruit and mini chocolate chips to these with great success. If adding chocolate, it helps to let the bars cool a bit and then press chocolate chips into the top so the chocolate doesn't just melt away.