When I started taking my Ochem and Anatomy/Physiology summer classes, my Mondays – Wednesdays became 16-hour days…two of those days, I’m up at 5AM to teach the 6AM spin class at Biker Barre, and I don’t get home until 9 or 9:30PM from class. Unfortunately, it means that there’s not a lot of time for cooking but a lot of time for snacking.
Since I head right from work to school, I wanted to make a hearty and healthy snack to take with me in the car. A lot of the bars that are available at the grocery store are full of sugar and additives. Yuck! This recipe has no added sugar and uses raw and all-natural ingredients.
The only downside to these bars is that they crumble very easily. I tried to mitigate the crumbling by adding a little applesauce, but it didn’t help much. I did discover that rolling them into small bite-sized balls keeps all the ingredient stuck together, but I prefer the bars 😉
And funny story – as I was shooting these on my back porch, I started to notice more and more birds flying overhead and sitting on the electrical cord directly above. Clearly, these are delicious if the birds were eyeing them 😉 A few shots later, I gathered my things and quickly went inside before I got divebombed by a flock of hungry birds!
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups Rice Cereal
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup light maple syrup
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup dates (pitted)
- 1 cup unsalted mixed nuts (I got mine from Costco)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- Place the dates in a food processor with a pinch of water and mix until broken down into small pieces
- Add the unsalted mixed nuts to the food processor and pulse until combined with the dates
- In a separate bowl, combine the oats, rice cereal, chia seeds, peanut butter and maple syrup. Stir until combined
- Add the mixture from the food processor and use your hands to combine
- If needed, add the applesauce to keep all the ingredients stuck together
- Cover a 15-inch x 10-inch x 2-inch rectangular baking dish with parchment paper and fill it with the mixed ingredients, flattening down the mixture.
- Cover and let sit for a few hours