Apple Cinnamon Energy BarsThese delicious Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars are a twist on my homemade energy bars. They don't have chocolate or peanut butter. Your kids will love them!24 pieces2 cups Old Fashion Oats2 cups Puffed Wheat Cereal1/2 cup Almond Slivers1/4 cup Ground Flax Seeds1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts1 cup Dried Apples - chopped into small pieces (I use scissors)3/4 cup Agave Nectar*3/4 cup Brown Sugar1/2 cup soy nut butter - (peanut free)2 Tbs Butter2 tsp Cinnamon1 tsp Vanilla Extract
A twist on my homemade energy bars for and have a nice apple cinnamon oatmeal vibe. These energy bars don’t have chocolate or peanut butter so great for peanut-free schools and kids! An apple cinnamon energy bar is the perfect snack on the go. The seeds and nuts are a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids that also provide lots of long term energy.
-From the Kitchen of Chris Freytag:
Ingredients you will need:
2 cups Old Fashion Oats
2 cups Puffed Wheat Cereal
1/2 cup Almond Slivers
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seeds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
1 cup Dried Apples – chopped into small pieces (I use scissors)
3/4 cup Agave Nectar*
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup soy nut butter – (peanut free)
2 Tbs Butter
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Combine oats, almonds, puffed cereal, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and dried apples in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, combine butter, soy nut butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and agave nectar. Bring mixture to a slight boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour mixture quickly over the dry ingredients. (like Rice Krispie Treats) Stir to combine.
With wet fingers, press mixture VERY FIRMLY into a 9×13 pan lined with wax paper. Let harden. (I put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden quickly before cutting.) Cut into approx 24 pieces. If you want them thicker, make 1 and ½ of the recipe or don’t fill the whole pan.
Store in the freezer – best when thawed for a few minutes. *I wrap individual bars in wax paper and keep in freezer in a Tupperware tub so kids can grab “on the go”.
Nutrition (per serving): 183.3 calories; 8.2g total fat; 58.7mg sodium; 121.4mg potassium; 25.6g carbohydrates; 2.7g fiber; 9.7g sugar; 22.8g net carbs; 3.8g protein
*You can use honey but I prefer Agave Nectar which has a low glycemic index; is less sticky than honey; and has all the useful properties of real sugars when baking.