Homemade energy bars

These homemade energy bars are easy to make and last about a week in the refrigerator. Cabarrus Health Alliance photo

One thing I have never done, is snack between meals. I really think, when you are following a whole foods life style, you are giving your body and mind the right combination of nutrients, so you never feel hungry. But I do have three boys who love sports, so I need to have something in the fridge that will boost their energy levels when needed.

You know me, I don’t like processed foods, so I’d rather make my own energy bars using one or two ingredient foods, mixing them together and coming up with something a little bit healthier than your usual store bought energy bar. Easy to make, store in the fridge for up to a week, and enjoy that extra punch of “power” when needed.

Makes 16 squares

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats (gluten free)

1 cup homemade smooth peanut butter or 1 cup natural smooth peanut butter or almond butter (look for brands with only 2 ingredients)

1 cup your choice of nuts (I love pistachio nuts) roughly chopped

½ cup maple syrup or local honey

¼ cup golden raisins

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup chocolate chips (70% cocoa)

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

How to cook:

Lightly spray an 8 inch square baking pan with olive oil then line with parchment paper, letting the paper hang over the sides of the pan, lightly spray the paper with oil.

In a medium size bowl, mix all the ingredients firmly together, then spread into the baking pan, push the mixture firmly into the pan.

Pop into the fridge to set for about an hour. Cut into 16 squares.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, enjoy before or after your workout.

Chef Mark Allison

Mark Allison, Executive is Chef of Culinary Innovation at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Check out www.cabarrushealth.org/cookingclasses for more recipes and a list of upcoming cooking classes with Chef Allison.

Mark Allison is Executive Chef of Culinary Innovation at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Check out www.cabarrushealth.org/cookingclasses for a list of upcoming cooking classes with Chef Allison.  Want more recipes?  Visit www.chefmarkallison.com.

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