Homemade Power Bars

homemade power barsThis recipe is a good one to make on the weekend so that you always have a quick and easy, healthy meal when you are on the go during the week.  You can just grab one of these from the refrigerator in the morning before work and it will keep you from getting hungry during lunch time.  Best of all, they are made from pure ingredients.  Compare the ingredients below with those of energy bars that are sold in stores.  No chemicals or preservatives!

1/4 cup unsalted butter + additional for greasing pan
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 tspn pure vanilla extract
pineapple juice and raisins
1 cup steel cut oats (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
1 cup 10 grain cereal (Bob's Red Mill for this too)
bobs red mill steel cut oats and 10 grain cereal
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
pumpkin seeds and flax seeds
2 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn kosher salt
cinnamon and kosher salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped (I used Vermont Nut Free brand)

  1. Soak raisins in the pineapple juice and vanilla extract for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease an 8 x 8 pan with butter.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cereal, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Add the eggs and honey to the raisin and pineapple juice mixture.
  5. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the 1/4 cup unsalted butter and then add the oat, seed, and cereal mixture.  Toast the oats, cereal, and seeds for about 4 minutes.
  6. Add the toasted oat, cereal, and seed mixture back to the large mixing bowl.  Mix in the egg, honey, and raisin mixture along with the dark chocolate chips.  Mix until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into the 8 x 8 pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from the oven and let cool. 
  9. Cut into bars and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.   

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