If you’ve been searching for a healthy snack that your kids will like or something that your whole family can eat while out on an adventure, you’ll probably love these energy bars. They take very little time or talent to make and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Get creative and enjoy!
- Olive oil or margarine
- 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
- 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups rice Chex
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ and/or soy protein powder
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 1/3 cup carob chips or dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Lightly coat a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with margarine or olive oil and set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
While waiting for the peanut butter mixture to boil, combine oats, rice Chex, wheat germ, golden raisins, chocolate chips, and salt. Crush the rice Chex into smaller pieces before adding.
Pour peanut butter mixture over the oatmeal mixture and stir gently with a spatula until it all sticks together. Transfer to baking dish, cover with parchment paper and press firmly into dish. Allow to cool. I put mine in the refrigerator for an hour or so and then cut it into squares to take on our hikes. The extras are saved for afternoon snacks.
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