Everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE bars. Luna, Cliff, Odwalla – they are my daily companions. I carry them in my car, purse and stocked in my kitchen. For a busy writer on the go – they’re perfect. People who know me, also know that if I get hungry, it’s a bad, bad thing. I don’t do hungry well AT ALL. I eat every 3 hours and if I go without food beyond that, I’m no fun (to put it mildly). Hence, the bars.
A long winded intro to a recipe, I realize, but here we go. Bars are expensive – at their lowest $1/each. To save myself some cash, I’ve created some delicious energy bars. Here is my first concoction:
-1 c organic brown sugar
-2 t vanilla extract
-2 c granola
Recommend Nature’s Path HempPlus Granola
-1 c dried fruit
Recommend dried apples – low in natural sugars/calories
-1 c chopped almonds
Not finely chopped, use a food processor
-1 c carob chips
-1/8 c soy protein powder
Preheat oven to 325. Spray 2.2 L glass or non-stick pan with canola oil spray.
Beat egg, sugar, vanilla, and protein powder until smooth. Stir in granola, dried fruit, chopped almonds, and carob chips.
Pour into baking pan. Using spatula, press granola mixture firmly so that it evenly covers the pan.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool thoroughly (20 minutes) before cutting into bars.