I love me a good granola bar. My bank account, however, does not. It can get pricey purchasing enough to keep your office food drawer stocked for the 4:00PM munchies.
What? No one else has this problem? Yes, I have an office food drawer: it has energy bars, whole wheat Goldfish crackers, bananas, dark chocolate and dried fruit. It’s my favorite drawer in my office – other than my meticulously organized filing cabinet. Enough said. Moving on.
After a lot of serious online recipe research, some shopping at Whole Foods and taking off one glorious Monday from work, I came up with this recipe:
Alicia’s Homemade No-Bake Energy Bars
Makes ten bars. Each bar has approximately 210 calories (according to my excellent Excel calculations).
- 3 cups puffed rice cereal
- 3/8 cup pecans, smashed with rolling pin
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/4 cup nut butter (I used almond)
- 1 banana, smashed
Mix all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Combine rice syrup and nut butter in a microwavable measuring cup. Microwave for two minutes or until the wet mixture is runny in consistency.
Pour wet ingredients into mixing bowl with dry ingredients. Mix well.
Take the banana, slice into one inch chunks and place in the same microwave safe measuring cup you used for the wet ingredients. Pulvarize the hell out of the banana in the warm measuring cup – this will help to break down the banana faster as well as help to get the rest of the syrup/nut butter mix out of the cup.
Pour your smashed banana into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
Line a 8″ x 3″ x 3″ baking pan with foil. Pour your protein bar mix into the pan.
Cover with the excess foil.
Place your protein bar brick into the freeze for overnight. When ready, take bar brick out of pan and unwrap:
Cut into desired sized bars:
Individually wrap each bar and store in freezer:
Side note: I *might* have eaten one of these before my run that morning. Hans *might* have taken two in his lunch that day: therefore, only seven left in the bag.
If you frequently enjoy granola/protein bars, I highly encourage you to try making your own at home. Think of it as going to Cold Stone for ice cream: customize the bar with your favorite tastes and you can’t go wrong! What would be your “mix-ins” of choice for your homemade energy bars?