Monday, October 1, 2012
We are back from our trip to Chicago. In my last post I stated that we were going to visit our daughter Krista in Chicago over the weekend. We had a great time with her and I loved seeing her. We also visited some of Mike's family while we were there. Mike's sister lives in the suburbs and it is always a good time when we get together with her and her family. Plus Mike's younger sister from Tampa was in Chicago, so we got to see all kinds of family. It was almost like a family reunion. My only complaint I have for the weekend in Chicago was that it went way too fast.
I brought Krista the apple streusel muffins from my last post, but I did want to bring something to go along with the muffins. I did not make that many muffins and I wanted to make sure that she had other things to eat also. It must be the mom in me; I am always worried that someone will go hungry. Krista is quite a healthy eater, so I wanted to make something healthy, but something that she would enjoy too.
While paging through my recipe book, Joy Of Cooking I found a recipe for energy bars. To me they sounded perfect for a nice breakfast. I have made homemade granola years ago and this was somewhat like that granola. Oats, nuts, and raisins made these energy bars a little healthier and tasty. The recipe called for all-purpose flour, but I used mostly whole wheat flour to go with the healthy theme. I could not resist trying a sample when they were done baking. I loved the taste of these bars, they were a little crumbly, but I did not find that as a problem. Looking for a healthy treat? I would suggest these yummy energy bars.
Energy Bars (Adapted from Joy Of Cooking)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with foil.
Combine in a medium bowl
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup old-fashioned roll oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cups pecans chopped
1/4 cups almonds chopped
1/4 cups sun flower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Add and stir until well blended:
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Press the mixture into the pan. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut the bars into desired sizes.