This past Sunday, I decided to make Michael's Energy Bars, by Michael Chiarello. I've made these before, and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so now I'll share with you.
|The dry ingredients. The recipe calls for a half cup each of 3 different fruits, which can get expensive. I used a packaged of mixed dried fruit, plus a half cup of dried cranberries.|
Step one: toast the oatmeal and almonds for 10 minutes.
Step two: Place dried fruits and oatmeal/almond mixture in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
Super yummy! The kids even like them, yet you know there is healthy stuff hiding inside! What could be better? I've found this is a versatile recipe. Use whatever kind of dried fruits you like. Substitute nuts if you want. Don't like a strong molasses taste? Try using half molasses and half honey. Or all honey, if you'd prefer. I've got some golden table syrup in my pantry that I think I'll try next time. I'm not sure how much the nutritional information will vary with these substitutions, though. I do know that I've substituted frequently, and never met a batch I didn't like. I hope you try them and like them too!