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Instead of buying pricy energy bars, fuel your fitness routine with this great-tasting homemade energy bar recipe. Whether you use these energy bars as a pre-workout snack or to refuel and recover post-workout, they'll give your body what it needs. Best of all, you can make this energy bar recipe in minutes.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2012

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12

Nutrition Profile:

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.

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  • Combine peanuts, rice cereal, oats, pumpkin (or sunflower) seeds, blueberries, apricots and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Drizzle with syrup and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Spread in the prepared baking pan. Coat another piece of foil with cooking spray and place on the bar mixture, sprayed-side down. Place another pan on top and press firmly to compress the mixture. (Pressing before baking helps the bars hold together after baking.) Remove top pan and foil.

  • Bake until just beginning to turn golden at the edges, 20 to 24 minutes (metal pan) or 30 to 35 minutes (glass pan). Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

  • Carefully lift the baked square out of the pan by holding the edges of the foil and place on a cutting board, leaving the foil underneath. Cut in half, then cut each half crosswise into 6 bars. Let cool completely before lifting the bars off the foil.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight between sheets of wax paper for up to 1 week. Or individually wrap in plastic and freeze.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar
168 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 18.7g; dietary fiber 2.4g; sugars 8.8g; fat 9g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 0.4mg; vitamin a iu 63.6IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 22.1mcg; calcium 14.6mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 56.2mg; potassium 201.8mg; sodium 28mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 6g.

1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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