Homemaking

Nobles’ Power Bars

December 5, 2012

Energy bars, or “power bars” as they’re called in our home, are a great snack to have on hand. Packed with nuts, grains, seeds, and dried fruit, they’re a high fiber, nutritious, and very tasty snack! Plus they’re simple to make and a great addition to sack lunches.

Here’s how to make them:

Mix together the dry ingredients in a baking dish. In the picture above I used flax, almonds, and pecans, because that’s what we had.

Toast them in the oven for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway.

 Meanwhile, mix the brown sugar, honey, butter, and salt together in a medium saucepan.

Heat on medium until it boils, then let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and/or extracts, if desired.

 Put the toasted mixture in a large bowl. Add the liquid mixture and the dried fruit.

Stir well…..

….then pour into the prepared pan. Oil your hands to prevent the mixture from sticking to them, then press it down hard into the pan.

Melt the chocolate chips, then spread over top. Lick spoon! :) Pop the pan in your fridge and let it sit for 2 -3 hours, until chocolate has hardened.

Score the top into whatever size pieces you’d like and use a heavy knife cut them into bars.

Wrap each one in plastic wrap.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Now you have a tasty, high-energy snack ready to go! Enjoy!

Nobles’ Power Bars

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
3 cups any type of nuts, seeds, flaxseed, wheat germ, or shredded coconut  (you can use a combination of almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc. Just make sure the final product equals 3 cups)

2/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup honey
6 Tablespoons butter
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract and/or cinnamon, optional

2 cups puffed cereal, such as rice crispies or Cheerios
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, chopped dried apricots or cherries, etc.)
1 to 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli’s 60% chocoate)

(1) Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Generously coat a 10 by 15-inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.

(2) Mix together the oats and nuts/seeds in a baking dish. Toast them in the oven for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar, honey, butter, and salt together in a saucepan. Heat on medium until it boils, then let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and/or extracts, if desired.

(3) Put the toasted mixture in a large bowl. Add the liquid mixture, dried fruit, and puffed cereal. Stir well, then pour into the prepared pan. Oil your hands to prevent the mixture from sticking to them, then press it down hard into the pan. Melt the chocolate chips, then spread over top. Lick spoon! :)

(4) Pop the pan in your fridge and let it sit for 2 -3 hours, until chocolate has hardened. Score the top into whatever size pieces you’d like, then use a heavy knife cut them into bars. Wrap each one in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator or freexer. Now you have a tasty, high-energy snack ready to go! Enjoy!

5 Comments

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    Hannah

    December 5, 2012

    Brookie, these look AMAZING!!! I especially like the bit about licking the spoon. :) Very cute! :) Chocoloate is just too good to waste, isn’t it!?! I really, really want to make these (like really soon!). Thanks for posting the recipe!

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    Becca

    December 6, 2012

    Yummmmmmmmmy! :) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Kaitlyn

    December 7, 2012

    YUM, Brooke! These look REALLY good! I can’y wait to try making these! :) I love in the directions, “Lick Spoon!” :)Haha, can’t let any go to waste! :) Mmmmmmmm….:)

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    Heidi

    December 16, 2012

    Brooke, these look delicious! They actually remind me of our homemade granola recipe only in a bar form! Thanks for sharing these!

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