Why buy energy bars from store when you can make perfectly healthy and yummy ones for yourself at home. Store bought energy bars have tons of sugar and additives. By making these at home you know what goes into your energy bar and your body.
I have adapted this recipe from thekitchn.com and have made few changes of my own. Since this is an energy bar, i decided to ditch honey and instead used jaggery as a sweetener. Jaggery is known for its high fiber and mineral content. Also unlike sugar it provides energy slowly and for a longer period of time. Far better than any form of sugar. And so works perfect as a pre workout snack. I wasn't sure about the quantity of jaggery but thankfully the amount i decided to add worked perfectly. This bar is very lightly sweet, cakey and chewy in texture. I have used the quick cooking rolled oats for this recipe and mainly nuts. You can also use traditional oats with any nuts or fruits of your liking.
Makes around 14- 15 medium sized bars.
2 1/2 cups of quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup of applesauce (since i was out of applesauce quickly made one at home)
1/3 cup of jaggery (here you can substitute the jaggery with 2 - 3 tbsp of honey, maple syrup or any other sweetener of your choice)
3 tbsp of creamy peanut butter ( i used the organic salted one)
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil ( i used organic virgin coconut oil)
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of ground flaxseed
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup of pistachios roughly chopped
1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder
A little less than 1/4 tsp of salt
1) Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, cinnamon powder and salt. Keep this aside.
3) In a saucepan add coconut oil, peanut butter and jaggery. Heat it on a low flame and cook until jaggery is melted and everything is combined. Remove from heat and add the the applesauce, vanilla extract and ground flaxseed.
4) Add the wet ingredients (that is the coconut, peanut butter, applesauce mixture) into the oats and nuts mixture. Mix well until everything is nicely combined.
5) Transfer this mixture onto the baking pan. Press down the mixture evenly with your hands.
6) Bake at 325F for 45 minutes until it is lightly brown in color. Lift and remove from the baking pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Cut them into bars of your desired size and store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Note: For the applesauce i used 1 large apple. Peeled and chopped. Added it in a saucepan with 3 - 4 tbsp of water and cooked it for 15mins or so until it was tender. Mashed it using a fork. And thats it homemade applesauce is ready. Applesauce is mainly used for binding and is way to replace fat in the recipe.