Energy bars are all the rage right now. One, they are nutritious. Second, they are a great backup food for emergencies, just going backpacking or taking a day trip. One of the most efficient sources of on-the-go foods, they could help save your life or just provide a snack when you're needing a healthy boost. You won't need to buy them at the store if you follow these four easy recipes for making them at home.
One of the great things about the homemade energy bars is that you know exactly what ingredients are in them, whether you have a food allergy or sensitivity and need to substitute and ingredient and that you can use ingredients many have in their homes. The fact that most of the ingredients do not have preservatives is also a relief to many who enjoy sustainable living. Experimenting with ingredients can be done easily and can increase your enjoyment.
To extend the shelf life of homemade energy bars, it is highly recommended that you cut them into reasonable sizes and then wrap each individual bar in wax or butcher paper. Use a sealing freezer-safe container with a label that includes the date the bars were made. When you're ready to eat one, just grab it and go. These recipes explain how to store the particular item and have helpful suggestions about making these treats a favorite.
Homemade Granola Bars
- These popular items are becoming more expensive, even in your discount grocery shopping locations – and they don't always carry them. You can try honey, maple syrup or even Karo syrup, but one of the best ways to keep your bars together is to use brown rice syrup. Brown rice syrup allows you to make both chewy and crunchy granola bars and is not quite as sweet as the other options. Remember, you can modify your recipe to meet your own tastes. If you have trouble with bars that won't stick together well, try using a touch of cocoa powder or even peanut butter. To see the recipe, please go to the list.
'Surf's Up' Bars
- Want to try an energy bar that has a tropical taste? The 'Surf's Up' bar is packed with toasted nuts, coconut, ground coffee beans and a little cereal to give you a healthy dose of grain. One note: If you or your family have nut allergies, you should stay away from these bars. To see the recipe, please go to the list.
- Nutri-Grain sold a popular bar, but they have disappeared from many grocery markets. No worries, however, as you can make them yourself. This recipe (see the list) is easy to follow and allows you to add your favorite fruit and nut combination.
No-Bake 'Good Morning' Bars
- Do you ever wake up and think, 'I don't have time for breakfast before work'? Do you worry your kids don't take the time to eat their first meal of the day before heading to school? Put an end to those concerns with this easy to make 'Good Morning' bar. This bar is crunchy, sweet and has a bit of saltiness to it that will make your mornings satisfying. To see the recipe, please go to the list.
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