Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been overdoing it in the food department. Couple that with sweltering hot days that leave me without energy means I’m staying inside a lot more as well. Overall, I feel unhealthy! And do you notice that when you start to feel that way, it all comes back to how you started your day? Rather than grab a bowl of sugary cereal or skipping breakfast all together, I’ve unearthed my healthy and tasty energy bar recipe and I’m sharing it today. You can make them in as little as 5 minutes, refrigerate for up to an hour, and then have a great breakfast or snack option the whole week.
3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick cooking)
1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter (I prefer crunchy but you can use whatever you like)
1 Cup Milk
Flax Seed (whole, not Flax Seed Meal)
Raw Sliced Almonds
Raw Sunflower Seeds
Protein Powder, Chocolate Chips and Coconut- optional
Combine oats, peanut butter and milk in bowl. I also usually add Trader Joe’s vanilla protein powder during this step, but I just didn’t have any on hand this time. Mix until peanut butter and milk are worked through.
Begin adding your nuts and seeds. I honestly just add to my liking, but that’s usually not the case. I’m a strict recipe follower, and if that’s you, I’ve done some estimates for you! Add about 1- 1.5 TBL of flax seed.
Mix well and then add about 2 TBL each of sunflower seeds and almonds. Mix again until evenly distributed. Here’s where you can also add other ingredients like chocolate chips and coconut! It really helps break up all those oats!
Drizzle in honey. You don’t need too much because the peanut butter will do a good job of adding flavor already. Mix again.
Before transferring to baking dish, make sure your mixture is a little moist. Being in the fridge will only make it drier, and REALLY hard to choke down (which has happened to me). If it’s too dry, add a little milk at a time until the consistency is to your liking. Press mixture down into an 8×8 baking pan. I recommend using foil or parchment paper to lay in the pan first, because getting the entire batch out can be a little sticky! Then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
Remove energy bar block and cut into 8 pieces. Please note, I am HORRIBLE at cutting things evenly.
Depending on how long you’ve let them sit in the refrigerator, the good still be a little gooey and maybe a little crumbly. That’s ok! Then just wrap in individual pieces of foil and store in the fridge until enjoying! This is a simple, quick and filling recipe that will keep you going much longer than that mini container of yogurt!