The following is a post from Peter’s wife, Katrina.
Last month Peter and I were planning a road trip and as you know, we don’t eat the standard American diet. I wanted to take healthy snacks along for the journey and just wasn’t sure what to bring. Energy bars always seem like a decent alternative except for the fact that I don’t like the ingredients in many of them and I also don’t like the way most of them taste. So, besides bringing several different kinds of fresh fruit I decided to make my own energy bars. That way I could be absolutely sure what was in them.
Well, well, well… who knew that they could be so easy to make and SO FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS!!! Peter can’t stop eating these. Now, mind you that these are not low calorie bars. They have over 330 calories per bar. So, I only eat half a bar when I want a little bust in energy. But, Peter will eat two after a workout without batting an eye.
I looked today and we are down to our very last bar – the one you see in the pic below – so it’s time for me to make some more. Here’s the recipe I created for these super easy, all-natural and amazingly delicious energy bars. Enjoy!
All-Natural Energy Bars
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups almond butter
1 cup raisins
2 heaping scoops protein powder
1. Put two cups of rolled oats into a food processor and pulse it until you get a blend of finely ground oats, some whole flakes and lots of pieces in-between. I like having a variety of textures in my bars so this helped to accomplish that. When done pulsing put the oat pieces into a large bowl.
2. Add two cups of almond butter to the bowl. I used raw, organic, sprouted almond butter. I am sure that any nut butter will work, but this is what I had on hand and I love the way it tastes.
3. Add one cup of raisins and protein powder to the bowl. I used a vanilla-flavored, vegan protein powder that’s sweetened with a little stevia. I think chocolate-flavored protein powder would be delicious, too. Choose a protein powder with a flavor your really like.
4. Use a silicone spatula or spoon to start blending the ingredients in the bowl together. Blend as much as possible with the utensil. Then get your clean hands in there to blend the rest.
5. Once your mixture is well blended, divided into 16 relatively even pieces and place on a dehydrator rack or cookie sheet. I made my pieces into round patties, but you can make yours more like square or rectangular bars.
6. (Optional step) Place the bars into a dehydrator at 118 degrees for about 2 hours or in your oven at the lowest setting for 1 – 2 hours. You are NOT trying to cook the bars. You are only drying them out a bit on the outside so they are easier to store and won’t stick together. You can skip this step entirely if you wrap your pieces individually in wax paper. I wanted to put all of mine together in a large bag so it was easier to manage while travelling. So, dehydrating them a bit helped a lot.
7. Now, take a bite and chew slowly and thoroughly. Enjoy the taste and remember to rub your belly in gratitude when you are done.
8. Store uneaten energy bars in the refrigerator.
Simple, right? You can get more fancy if you like and add other ingredients to your energy bars. You could try adding cacao nibs, coconut flakes, chopped figs, dates, maple syrup, etc. I haven’t tried any of these, but I may in the future. Use your imagination. Personally, I like mine plain and delicious!
Wishing you an energy-filled day!
p.s. To all my friends with nut allergies, I’m sorry this recipe doesn’t work for you. Although, you might be able to substitute sunflower seed butter or hemp seed butter for the almond butter. Actually that sounds pretty good. I might try it with hemp seed butter soon myself and tell you how it turns out. xoxoxo