My First Attempt at Homemade Power Bars

I eat power bars on a regular basis, but there aren’t many types of power bars that I like. Cliff bars upset my stomach, and I find a lot of brands to be too sweet, too fatty, etc. I’ll be honest, I’m picky when it comes to power bars. For the last few months, I’ve been eating peppermint chocolate luna bars 2-5 times a week, and I’m getting sick of them. Since I don’t like a lot of power bars on the market, I decided it would be fun (and more cost effective) to make my own.

I tried the recipe below that I found on allrecipes.com. The power bars resemble a chewy granoloa bar and are pretty tasty. I will definitely make them again!

12 servings:

  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup  Grape-Nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil – I used canola because I don’t have vegetable oil.
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag chopped dried mixed fruit – I only put about 3 ounces of dried pomegranates, which was more than enough.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, cereal and cinnamon. Add the egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar and oil. Mix well. Stir in the sunflower seeds, walnuts, and dried fruit. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned around the edges. Let cool. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving Calories: 197 | Total Fat: 6.6g | Cholesterol: 18mg

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