Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ellie's Energy Bars

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.


Audrey said...

You're so funny about cleaning and Ellie coming over! I bet she'd love to visit! These sound great. I'd like to try them (and the cookies too).

margot said...

I have been wanting to try these and now that you have given them such a great review, I definitely will! It's the last day of the weekend, though, so really need to clean my house before I bake anything; no more excuses for me.

Unknown said...

Haha you're too funny! Having people over is my main inspiration to clean my house. Otherwise, I will definitely choose baking over cleaning anytime. Your bars look delicious! I haven't seen this recipe from Ellie but it sounds great.

Cakelaw said...

These look like a terrific snack or quick brekkie - great to keep on the freezer for emergencies too.

Maria Salomon said...

Nice bars!
You're so right about cooking/baking over cleaning the house.
I was mopping last week and my 6 year said, "Mom, I thought Christmas was over?"

Pamela said...

Looks great! Perfect idea, pairing it up with some yogurt, too.

Anonymous said...

Those look delicious (and healthy!).

Unknown said...

Cleaning = suck
Baking/cooking = win

Win > suck

Doesn't even really seem like a decision to me.