I promise you can whip these energy bars together in less time than it takes to read the chemical ingredients on the boxes of store-bought crap out there.
The magic words?
Peanut Butter Apricot Energy Bars
- 1 cup natural pb
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped dried apricot
- 1/2 cup crushed or slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup crushed or slivered walnuts
- 1/4 cup flax seeds (for best nutrients, use a coffee grinder to blend whole seeds into a powder)
In a large pot over low heat, melt the peanut butter and honey until runny. Add other ingredients and stir to coat. Spoon into a wax paper-lined 9×9 baking sheet and press flat. Chill in the fridge. Cut into 16 bars.
My only caveat: these are meant for high-caloric diets (i.e. while training) so unless you’re a 200-pound man, be mindful of the 240 calories per bar. If you are working out, the high protein nature of these bars makes for a fantastic post-workout snack (which is essential to your muscle-building/fat-burning potential).
Note to self: start working out.
DOMESTICA UPDATE (Jan/2012): I was totally and completely WRONG about these being a good post-workout snack. Just goes to show how far I’ve come in my own health journey! A) they have too little protein and B) they have a high level of fat, which slows digestion and interrupts your post-workout protein synthesis. D’oh! Instead, opt for a protein shake as your immediate post-workout hit and then have a carb/protein snack within an hour of that. These bars can just be for good energy during the other parts of the day or even as a PRE-workout snack!