Inspired by the success of the breakfast cookies we made for Craving Ellie in My Belly this week, I decided to throw together these quick and easy Energy Bars. It was either make these or clean the house. Cooking and baking always trump cleaning the house. Not a good thing.
I loved how easy the prep was...throw the ingredients in the food processor, pulse, put in a pan coated with cooking spray and bake. That's it. Truly, if Ellie came to my house and made them for me, they still wouldn't be easier because I'd have to clean the house before she got here.
They smell amazing while they bake. Let them cool 15 minutes before slicing into them. Served warm, they are delicious. The apricots, maple syrup and dates make them chewy and delicious, while the oats, wheat germ and sunflower seeds give them whole grain staying power. I added about 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/3 cup of toasted flax seeds.
Give this one a try! It's easy and the bars keep well in the freezer...if they last that long! You can find the recipe here.