I love granola bars and energy bars but even better No Bake Energy Bars. This adapted recipe comes from Jessica Seinfeld. Not only does she have a great food blog but she has some great cookbooks especially for families with kids. Jessica finds ways to make ordinary foods extraordinary by loading them up with healthy ingredients, such as pureed vegetables and fruits. She also uses healthy ingredients that you can add to make everyday food even better by adding whole grains to baked goods and boosts sweetness without a lot of sugar.
For example I have made these Maple Spice Muffins that have no sugar in them, they have whole grains and they are 198 calories per muffin. You would never have guessed. In some of her other recipes she has for example sweet potato puree in her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Cauliflower Puree in Lemon Bars. So imaginative. I think every family should have this cookbook.
Today I am doing her No Bake Energy Bards. These energy bars are great for an on the go snack and they’re packed with all things good: vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. They are great for kids and adults snacks and best of all they are No Bake.
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No Bake Energy Bars
Adapted from: Jessica Seinfeld
Yields: 14 bars | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cool Time: 30 minutes
¾ cup raw almonds
1 ¼ cups rice puffs
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
¼ cup flax meal
½ cup brown rice syrup
6 tbsp almond butter
½ cup raisins
Spray an 8- by 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.
Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until evenly chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and combine with the rice puffs, oats, coconut, flax meal, and raisins.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the rice syrup and almond butter and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring, until melted and creamy. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Press evenly into the prepared pan and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Grab the ends of the parchment and lift onto a cutting board. Slice into bars.
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