As a general rule, I don’t like cooking. However, there are a few things which I enjoy making. These include my energy bars which are my favorite snack (I also got my wife hooked on them). I decided that it would be a good idea to share with you my recipe and to show you how easy it is to make your own energy bars at home. This is an affordable and, I believe, healthier alternative than many of the energy bars which are sold at health stores.
So, here is how I make delicious energy bars at home. It’s an easy and quick recipe and the result is a crunchy piece of goodness.
Energy Bar Home Recipe Ingredients
I am not an organized person, so this recipe is not that organized as well. What I mean to say is that you shouldn’t expect exact quantities of all the ingredients. Sometimes I like to go by what feels right. However, your energy bars will taste fantastic even if you put in a little too much cinnamon or not enough almonds, for example, so don’t worry about being precise.
Now that I’ve got this “disclaimer” out of the way, here are the ingredients that you need in order to make your energy bars:
- 3 Cups of Quaker Oats.
- Half a cup of raw honey.
- A cup and a half of crushed almonds, walnuts, cashews, and chopped raisins. This is for all of these together. You choose how much you want of each.
- Some coconut powder.
- Some sesame seeds.
- A little butter.
- 3 spoons of cinnamon. Some people prefer to use 2 spoons of cinnamon, but I love this fat burning spice so much that I use three, at the very least.
Here are all the ingredients standing proudly together on my kitchen counter:
Once you have all these ingredients lined up you’re good to go. This is actually an important step. When I don’t have everything prepared in advance, I often forget some of the ingredients. I usually forget the coconut powder and sesame seeds, so the bars still taste good, but it’s not quite the same thing when these are omitted.
First Step – Toasting The Oats
The first thing you need to do is put your oats in the oven (if this sounds like a dirty joke, I apologize) and toast them for half an hour. You will need a baking pan and some baking paper on which to place the oats themselves.
Here is a picture of how this looks just before you stick the oats into the oven:
The oats need to be roasted at 180 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes. The oven does not need to be pre-heated. Every 10 minutes or so, you should turn the oats over with a spoon to make sure that they all get equally roasted. I have to admit that I’m lazy, so I sometimes neglect doing this and the bars still turn out just fine.
Second Step – Crush the nuts, cook the butter and honey
While the oats are roasting, you can do one of two things: take a break or get right into preparing the other ingredients. Truth be told, it only takes 3 minutes to get everything else ready, so you do have some free time to do other stuff. However, for the purpose of this post we’ll get right to it, alright?
First, lets take care of the nuts from where much of the taste and the healthy properties of our energy bars will come from. For those of you who are watching your diet, you should know that eating nuts can be good for weight loss even though they are rich in calories and fat (it is the good fat your body needs).
You need to place the almonds, walnuts, cashews, and raisins in a pile on a cutting board and chop them into small pieces. I actually use a meat cleaver for this. It gets the job done very quickly. Here is the nuts and raisins mix.
Second, after you’ve chopped the nuts and raisins into small bits, it’s time to cook the honey, cinnamon, and butter. The honey and butter are very important as they make the entire batch stick together. If you put in too little butter, the bars will crumble in your hands. Too much and it will taste like butter cookies (which I don’t like). What I do is cut a small piece of butter, half and inch wide, five inches long and three inches wide, and this general size has served me well to this day. I told you I wasn’t organized, so don’t expect any apologies.
You place the butter, the honey, and the cinnamon inside a pot which you place on the cooking plate.
Turn the cooking plate on (or the gas stove) and slowly stir the contents of the pot until they’re all immersed in each other. Keep the pot on the stove until the entire mix begins to boil. Let it stay for 30 – 45 seconds and remove it. Overcooking it may ruin the honey.
Here’s the entire boiling mix (with the fragrant scent of cinnamon in the air):
Third Step – Mixing It All Together
Now that the oats have roasted and everything is ready, it’s time to mix it all up. You pour the sesame seed and the coconut into the pot, add the nuts and raisins, and pour in the oats at the end.
Here’s how it all looks just before I covered it all up with the roasted oats.
Once everything is in the pot, you need to mix it all up. Make sure that all the oats have been nicely mixed in the honey and cinnamon. Otherwise they won’t taste good. You’re aiming to get uniform color to the entire batch.
Once that’s done, pour the batch back into the cooking pan and spread it evenly around. Take another piece of baking paper and cover it all up. Then, press it down with your hands through the paper to squeeze everything together to a compact, tight batch… and it’s all done. You just need to place it in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 hours to let it cool off and harden. Now you’ve just got some cleaning up to do before the wife yells at you for being such a slob (at least, this is how it is in my life).
At the end of the 2 hours, you take the pan out of the fridge, lift the entire batch out of it and place it on a cutting board to slice it up to little energy bars. Here’s how it looks in its last moments before the traditional chopping up ceremony begins:
Time To Eat
It’s Energy Bar Time! OK, I’ll tone down the enthusiasm. I just love this recipe and I love eating these bars. In fact, the only problem is that I eat too much of it.
I hope you now see how easy it is to make your own energy bars at home. It is a simple, easy, and fast recipe and you and your family will enjoy these bars. If you’re looking for more healthy home recipes, you should check these fat burning recipes by my friend, Dave Ruel, co-author of the Metabolic Cooking program. If you’re into home cooking, you’ll love Dave’s recipes. They’re easy to make and don’t take too much time.
Let me know if you have any questions about my recipe and give me some feedback when you make your first energy bars.