Sunday, August 28, 2011

No-Bake Energy Bars--the perfect disaster food?

Note:  Even though this post is for Sunday, I'm letting it go live quite a bit early because it is such a good survival food.  With hurricane Irene bearing down on some of the most populated areas in the country, I wanted to give people in those areas a chance to print it out before the storm hits in case they lose power and don't have enough shelf stable supplies on hand without making something.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the people in the hurricane zone today and tomorrow.

These energy bars are absolutely amazing in their versatility, as well as in that they require no heating or refrigeration to prepare.  They should store okay at room temperature for at least a few days, but if you want to keep them longer, they should last about a month in the refrigerator, or even longer in the freezer.  They are so yummy that it is unlikely that you will need to worry about storing them for a long time!

At their most basic, these energy/protein/fiber bars are 3 1/2 cups of fibery stuff, primarily oats; 1 cup liquid sweetener, whether you use honey, molasses, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave syrup, or, as a last resort since it is by far the most unhealthy option, corn syrup; 1/4 cup crunchy stuff, whether it be seeds, nuts, or a crispy rice cereal; 1 cup nut butter; and sweet tasty stuff, either dried fruit of your choice or candy bits.  Below is the exact combination of things that I used to make them today (in large part that this is what I had on hand that met the requirements I figured I needed) and they were delicious!  My kids kept calling them brownies and my husband likened them to no-bake cookies.

No-bake Energy Bars
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix oats, flax seed, and sesame seeds in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, mix honey, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla, and peanut butter until thoroughly blended.  Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and stir until oats are evenly coated.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Grease a 9"x13"in pan or cover with waxed paper (I went the waxed paper route--much easier to remove, since the bars stay pretty soft, at least that first day).  Press mixture into pan, using another piece of waxed paper to make it firm.  Let set an hour or two to firm up (or eat immediately, but it will be very crumbly!) before cutting.
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  1. perfect. Sounds yummy, and of course thrifty. I might just have to add this to my breakfast rotation.

  2. Sounds yummy, I might have to just make them for fun here in OH today. Nice looking out for those on the East Coast, most of my family is in New Jersey, I might share this link on FB just in case they need it...

  3. These energy bars are very nutritious that helps you stay fit and healthy. The best part is that these nutrition bars taste good and can definitely become a part of your daily diet. Most of the energy bars are made up of organic ingredients to help lead a healthy life. So, whether you are health conscious or not, nutrition bars can help you lead an energetic and a positive life.

  4. LOL You're funny. "Can definitely become a part of your daily diet"? At nearly $3 a bar when I have $5.60 a day to feed the entire family? I don't think so! I probably should flag it as spam, but it is just too funny and my antivirus software isn't having a hissy fit, so I'll leave it there as the joke it is, especially since I wouldn't be surprised if the bars advertised are probably pretty similar to my much, much, much cheaper bars I provide a recipe to above.