Friday, January 29, 2010

Breakfast on the go/Energy Bars

The other day I felt like experimenting and tried to make recipes for two different things. The first was a mocha cake...I wanted it to be super dense and moist and it somehow ended up with a really weird rubbery texture to it. It still tasted good but the texture bothered me. I'll have to revisit that idea again sometime.

I moved on to the second recipe, feeling like a kitchen failure. I had been wanting to make homemade granola bars for a few weeks and I finally took the plunge. Luckily, this recipe creation turned out good so I didn't have to go drown my failed baking sorrows in a glass of Dr. Pepper & rum - one of my favorite "drinks" and I was once laughed at upon requesting it. Oh dear.

Anyhow, in contrast to the fattening soup and cookies I posted this week, I thought I would share these bars with you since they would make for a nice healthy snack.

Cream together butter, brown sugar, eggs and peanut butter.

I feel a little like Paula Deen for saying these are going to be a healthy snack and then the recipe starts off with those four ingredients.

Oh well. At least I didn't throw in cream cheese and sour cream! :)

Add salt, cinnamon and flour.

Fold in coconut, oats, craisins and nuts. I happened to have just purchased a lb. of raw peanuts from the grocery store so I toasted them up in the oven and threw them in.

Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13" baking dish. I like to use glass ones so I can see when the bottom is done.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

These are dense, chewy little bars. I like to dip them in milk like a oatmeal cookie, but that's just me.

Breakfast On the Go/Energy Bars

1 tbsp. butter, softened
2 eggs
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. flour
1 c. coconut
3/4 c. chopped nuts (I used roasted peanuts)
2 c. oats
1 c. craisins

Cream together butter, eggs, brown sugar and peanut butter until well blended. Stir in cinnamon, salt and flour. Fold in coconut, nuts, oats and craisins.
Grease a 9x13" baking pan with vegetable oil. Fill with the bar mixture. Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool and then cut into bars.

1 comment:

  1. These look great. I have a recipe for gluten-free bars that are pretty good but they are crunchy--not chewy. I wonder if we could put our heads together and try to get these ones gluten free. Hmmmm


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