>> Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I've been making a point to have these in the fridge at all times. Especially with gluten-free month, it's been a necessity to have something easy to grab and go. Oh, Ada calls them "cookies" . . . and they're simple enough for me to feel fine about giving them to her.
Using a muffin tin is optional, but highly recommended to make them feel more like a bar. I gobble up energy balls like crazy. Before I know it, they're all gone. These flattened rounds seem to last a bit longer. Or satisfy better.
CHOCOLATE-PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BARS
* you can easily substitute in whatever "nut" butter you choose
What you'll need . . .
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes (I only had reduced fat on hand, but I'm sure regular works)
- 1-1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- coconut oil (optional -- for greasing muffin tins)
Method . . .
- Place all ingredients in your food processor -- save 1/2 cup of the oats.
- Pulse 5 to 7 times, then add the rest of the oats and continue pulsing until well incorporated, but still somewhat coarse.
- Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls into a regular muffin tin. Then flatten with your fingers -- but I also found that a round spice container covered in plastic wrap was the BEST tool to flatten uniformly and easily.
- Store in the fridge until hardened, about an hour. Then store in an airtight container for a week or two, maybe longer -- but they won't last that long.
These are vegan, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), and -- as I mentioned above -- can also be peanut-free. I made them with homemade almond butter and they turned our fabulously. I am also sure you could use dates in place of raisins. And maybe honey for the maple syrup.
There's opportunity for variations, that much I know.
And I plan to play around and give you some ideas soon. These bars are perfect for pre- and post-run fueling. I think I may try to craft the perfect combo for my marathon training. I hate gels and other store-bought energy aids.
Happy Tuesday -- you have time to make these NOW!
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