Thursday, January 12, 2012
For The Birds...
In an attempt to use up some old food storage I decided to try my hand at making my very own energy bars. They turned out nice and chewy and they definitely give you a boost for that extra workout or hike. They store well and last forever.
6 cups of Muesli cereal (oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, flax seeds)
2 cups of puffed wheat or rice cereal
1/8 cup of shelled pumpkin seeds (you can use any sort of nut)
2 TBS sesame seeds
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of corn syrup
1/2 cup of honey
3/4 cup of peanut or almond butter
1/2 tsp of vanilla
Grease a large baking sheet with Pam or non- fat cooking spray. Add sugar, corn syrup, honey, vanilla and peanut butter in a large pot. Place over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil mixture for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add in Muesli, puffed cereal, sesame seeds and nuts. Stir until mixture is well blended. Dump onto baking sheet and using fingers, press mixture across pan. (mixture will be hot...so I grease my fingers with a little Pam and pat into pan) Spread evenly across baking sheet. Cool and cut into bars. Wrap bars in plastic wrap or baggies. Will keep in cupboard for several weeks. Makes approximately 20 bars.
My kids love these and they will be perfect for taking on long hikes in the summer!