Monday, December 1, 2008

Homemade Power Bar Recipe

I found this recipe in Backcountry Magazine and then tweaked it for high-altitude baking and added some extra ingredients. These healthy power bars are great for biking, hiking and skiing or for whatever it is you do! When people try these bars, they want the recipe. So I'm sharing it with the activerain community! Also, if you have kids or grandkids, you can call them "cookies" and they will love them! If you make these -- email me and let me know how you like them! Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS
10 T butter, melted
1/4 c Splenda, fructose or brown sugar
3/4 c white grape juice concentrate
2 large eggs
1/4 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
1 c plus 2 T whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 T wheat germ, oat bran or ground flaxseed
1 c chopped walnuts or almonds
1 c raisins, or dried fruit
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/4 c coconut flakes

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place butter, Splenda (or brown sugar), grape juice concentrate, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until well mixed.
3. Place oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and wheat germ in another bowl and mix. Add the oat mixture to the butter mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
4. Fold in the nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips and coconut until combined.
5. Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray. Shape heaping tablespoons of the batter into two by four inch bars with an inch or two of space in between. Bake the bars until the bottoms are brown and the tops are golden brown - about 13-15 minutes.
6. Let the bars cool before taking them off the baking sheet.
After cooling, we wrap the bars in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. When it's time for a bike ride, hike or other outing, we grab a few to go!

Authored by Amy Nakos, JD, CLHMS, Owner/Managing Broker, Landmark Real Estate Group, LLC, 111 Main Street, Frisco, CO 80443, 970-668-1430 office, 970-389-8388 cell, anakos@landmarkregroup.com.
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