Wednesday, October 21, 2009

M-Bars: Mandy's Energy Bar Recipe

by Mandy Hosford


I'm not a baker, or a registered dietician, or an experienced concocter of energy foods. However, I modified an oatmeal bar-cookie recipe to come up with these and I think they're full of things that I both like and recognize as food. Plus, Matt ate 'em whilst riding a mountain bike for 142 miles and he didn't go bad. So that's a small experiment, but a good one. Any questions on the recipe...call my friend Shannon. She's the real baker.

Oatmeal bars disguised as performance food. Call 'em what you will....

Mix well until fluffly...
1/4 c veg oil
3/4 c ground flax meal
3/4 c brown sugar or cane sugar

Add the following...
1 egg (If you're vegan, you can leave out the egg. I doubt that it would be catastrophic)
1 1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t salt

Now for the rest...
1 c whole wheat flour
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 c granola (any kind, really) or 1/2 c toasted wheat germ for a slightly lower fat option
3/4 c rolled oats
3/4 c raisins
3/4 c chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans or toasted sunflower seeds

*You can pretty much add anything here including ginger pieces, coconut flakes, other nuts, banana chips, other dried fruit, etc...

And now to get it all ready for the oven...
By now it's probably sort of dry so add 1/4 up to 1/2 cups of apple sauce such that it gets moister and can be spread in a greased (non-stick spray or butter) baking dish (I opted for a glass baking dish).

Bake at 375 deg F
Keep em in the oven until the kitchen starts to smell really good and a knife (not a finger) inserted into the center comes out clean. Time in the oven depends on the size of the dish you've used and how thinly the batter's been spread.

6 comments:

saschasdad said...

Now that sounds just plain tasty! I'm looking forward to playing around in my kitchen soon.

Mother Theresa said...

I added that to my favorites. I was just trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of baking ingredients that I didn't want to move to the new house.

Heidi said...

What is ground flax meal exactly? Is that something you have to get at a specialty store, or do they carry it at any old grocery store?

Carmen said...

so, i just read the recipe and the first thing i noticed is that it sounded happy. i made these today and THEY ROCK!!! THANK YOU MANDY!! for sharing. :D

Mandy said...

Hey Carmen! I'm glad that you made 'em! Phew. Nothing better than having someone else validate your results. I feel so..validated! Thanks for the note. M

elizabeth said...

Made the bars. Really good! Took one with me on a long run today. Thanks!