A Snack to Keep the Energy High

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If I were to guess, ever since quarantine has hit, our snack consumption has gone up a bit. Obviously we’re at home more often, which means that, in general, we’re eating more food. And a lot of this food is probably snacks. It’s not unusual to feel hungry in between meals, especially if you’ve just had a small breakfast, lunch, or dinner which is why we often eat something small in the afternoon, at night, or in the morning to satisfy that need. If you’ve been waiting for me to post something about snacks, wait no longer, because I’m about to introduce you to something quite special. Even if you’re not a snack person, the product below is very unique and I’m betting that you’ll want to try it out simply because it’s different. Tired of eating the same Lays chips all day? Want something other than orange slices to devour when your stomach’s grumbling? Try energy bars! I’m not talking about Kind bars or those bars that you get from stores. I’m talking about healthy, delicious, and homemade treats that completely knock it out of the park.

Since many of you likely aren’t familiar with what we’re talking about, let me give you a quick explanation: The energy bars that we’re featuring below are kind of like “healthy Rice Crispy treats”. Yes, rice crispy treats, but rice crispy treats filled with loads of healthy goodies like dried fruits, nuts, and more (we love the combination of “goodies” in the recipe below and definitely recommend it, but also feel free to try other ingredients that might fit in) ! They taste as good as they sound! Besides tasting fantastic, energy bars also just make good snacks in general. They last a long time, don’t get affected if they’re “mushed” around, and fill up your stomach pretty quickly. They also make great gifts to send to friends. With their unique range of ingredients and flavors, energy bars can be enjoyed over and over again without a sense of repetition. While these may not be healthier than carrot sticks, they aren’t actually as bad as you think. If you find them too sweet or unhealthy, try reducing the marshmallows or butter. In the end, these energy bars are like a comfort food. After biting into one and savoring their soft, almost gooey texture, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Especially if you love to bake or want to try a new recipe, you’ll definitely want to try out energy bars. Instead of going to the store for all those processed “nutrition” bars, why not make your own? They’re fresh, authentic, and they keep the energy high!

Recipe: Aunty Barb’s Energy Bars (thank you so much for sharing with us!)

Melt the following on low heat for 5 minutes until mixture is blended:
1 block butter
2 pkgs. mini marshmallows (about 20 oz.)
1 cup peanut butter
Use a large deep roasting pan, heat the following at 300 degrees for 5-6 min.:
2 cups 1 Minute Quaker Oats
5 cups Rice Krispies
3 cups nuts (e.g, peanuts)
1 cup raisins
1 cup cranberries
1 cup diced apricots
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
Pour heated dry mixtures into the marshmallow mixture and stir well (using plastic gloves will help to mix quickly). Pour into a large roasting pan (either greased or lined with parchment paper). Pat mixture with spatula or hand, pressing down firmly.
Cool completely and cut into bars (whatever size you like best).
Enjoy 🙂
Side note: We usually store them in plastic tubs or plastic bags, but to avoid getting them stuck to each other, we usually wrap them in wax paper.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hannah says:

    I definitely am going to make these at some point. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. n8chen says:

      Hey Hannah,

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad you’re interested in the energy bars.

      Liked by 1 person

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