As I was flipping though the channels the other day, I saw that Dr Oz was going to reveal his secrets to around the clock energy. Around the clock energy? I definitely want some of that! As I watched, I learned to cut cake with dental floss, how to exercise using furniture sliders, that I should drink some tea, make my bed, do some push ups on the side of my bed, do some stretching, play Candy Crush (that was my favorite), and all sorts of other things. I’m not sure how any of that would help with my energy level, but it did remind me of these great energy bars I used to make for my kids. And so…this is my secret for around the clock energy. Eat Energy Bars!
Spread some nuts, oats, and cereal on a baking sheet and toast. Then mix in some dried fruit, protein powder, and wheat germ. Next combine with a syrup of brown rice syrup, agave nectar, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Spread on a baking sheet and press into a thin, even layer, let cool, and cut into bars.
What is so great about these energy bars is that you can make them ahead of time and they are great for an on-the-go snack. Take one with you for breakfast to start your day off right, or have one for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Just to make Dr Oz feel better, I’m going to play some Candy Crush while my energy bars cool 😉
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
- 3 cups dried fruit, chopped
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/2 cup blue agave nectar
- 1/2 cup peanutbutter
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Chop almonds
- Spread almonds, oats, and cereal on nonstick baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 15 minutes
- Chop dried fruit and transfer to a large bowl
- Add protein powder, wheat germ, and cereal mixture and toss with a spatula
- Combine the brown rice syrup and blue agave nectar in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat to low and stir in peanut butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon
- Pour syrup over the oatmeal mixture and stir well
- With a spatula, spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Place a piece of parchment paper on top and press into an even layer
- Chill for 4 hours and cut into 12 bars
- Use your favorite dried fruit. I used dried cranberries, but you could use dried apricots, raisins, figs, or any mixture.