Try these delicious homemade energy bars when you need a sweet, nutritious treat!
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Every day, my kids come home from school hungry and they just want a quick, yummy snack.
I honestly hate it when they insist on reaching for chips or cookies because I’m that mom. Yes, I want them to have nutritious snacks instead of junk, so sue me.
To make things worse, all those supposedly healthy granola and protein bars are actually full of sugar or sodium or saturated fat. Not so healthy when you think about it.
So I looked through Pinterest and found tons of recipes for DIY energy bars. They all looked amazing, but would my kids like to eat them?
Here’s what happened!
Easy and Delicious Energy Bars You Can Make Today
- 1 cup of honey
- 3/4 cup of peanut butter
- 2 cups of rolled oats or cheerios or amaranth
Put the honey and the peanut butter in a mixing bowl.
Heat it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to soften the ingredients.
Remember the idea is to soften the honey and peanut butter, not melt them!
Add the rolled oats about half a cup at a time and mix well.
Place the mixture in a square or rectangular mold and flatten it.
You can use waxed paper or grease the mold, but I didn’t do either and the bars came out fine.
Pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours. When the mixture has hardened, you can cut it into squares or bars.
At first, the kids were reluctant to try these bars, but they loved them! Now, they come home from school and grab a square to munch on. However, if your kids object to the excessively chewy nature of rolled oats, you can substitute with cheerios or amaranth.
It’s best to keep the bars refrigerated, so take them out only if you’re going to eat them. But they do keep well in a lunch box as long as it’s not too hot.
These energy bars are quite filling, so only one or two is more than enough, depending on how big you cut them. Personally, I only have one post-workout on high-carb days. I mostly let the kids have them.
In conclusion, would I recommend this recipe? Well, it’s healthy food that kids love, so of course I would!
Run to your pantry and make these today!