Homemade Oat and Honey Energy Bars


These bars are a great #mealprep item, since they're so simple to make, take minimal prep time and provide 12 servings of on-the-go breakfast or snack options! They're perfect to bring to school, work or just enjoy at home with a cup of tea. Also, they contain a good ratio of macronutrients for pre-workout snacking, adding a new, convenient option to your rotation.


Easy and Delicious Homemade Energy Bars!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients (yields 12 bars):

2 eggs 3 C rolled oats 1/4 C pecans, chopped 1/3 C honey or maple syrup, plus additional 2 Tbsp (*I like to use the Savanna Bee Company Lavender Honey) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt  3 tsp cocoa nibs  1/2 C dried fruit (I used 1/4 C each dried goji berries and dried mulberries)

Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In large bowl, add the eggs and scramble with a fork.

3. Add oats, chopped pecans, 1/3 C honey (or maple syrup), cinnamon and salt. Mix with a spon until all ingredients are well combined.

4. Spray a small baking sheet or casserole dish with nonstick spray (I recommend using an 8x8 pan or similar size. I also recommend lining the baking sheet or casserole dish with aluminum foil and spraying the foil - this will allow for easy transfer of bars after cooling and easy clean-up).

5. Transfer oat mixture to baking sheet or casserole dish. Using a spoon, spread mixture into one thin, even layer (about 1 inch thick). Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.

6. Remove from oven (be careful!). Top with cocoa nibs and dried fruit. Drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp honey over bars, going back and forth from side to side until the entire batter is drizzled with honey. Bake in oven for another ~10 minutes, until the bars are slightly browned.

7. Let bars cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting them. Once cooled, carefully remove aluminum foil and transfer the block of oat bars to a cutting board. Cut the block into 12 bars (3 rows of 4). Enjoy!

*It is best to store these in an airtight container. They should last for about 4 days.


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*While this recipe is not made with any gluten-containing ingredients, I recommend using certified gluten free ingredients, such as oats and spices, if all sources of cross-contact need to be avoided, such as in the case of celiac disease.


Nutritional Analysis Per Serving (1 serving = 1 bar or 1/12th recipe)

Calories 220 calories. Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 31 mg, Carbohydrates 36 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 7 g, Sodium 85 mg, Calcium 56 mg


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