They were a surprise hit.
Now, we all know I am not a cook. Never claimed to be. My specialty if not making a mean batch of brown rice, is cereal. Or maybe peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches. But I do try to limit the amout of pre-packaged, processed food I take in. I like to know what I'm eating!
Last week I also happened upon a post detailing how to make your own energy bars. Using beans. Again with the beans!
Intrigued, I decided to dust off my baking skills and give it a try. I mean, I've been obsessed with Matt's blog for years now and he has yet to lead me astray! Plus, I go through Clif bars like they are going out of style. Clif for kids? The perfect snack portion! Don't even get me started on Clif granola bars...
So, after checking my cabinets and determining that I didn't need to buy a thing, I got to cookin' using his no fail formula.
First ingredient? BEANS! Chick peas actually.
Then pumpkin, whole wheat flour, oats, maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana, walnuts and a few mini chocolate chips.
I almost had an incident when I grabbed cumin instead of nutmeg, man they are the exact same color, but boy would that have been a different flavor! Clearly I was going for an autumn bar.
Baked for 15 min at 350 and voila! My very own, homemade, ingredient controlled, no preservative energy bars. Just call me Ms Clif!
Excuse the photography. I've never claimed to be a food blogger!
I brought samples to work to let some of my energy bar eating friends give them a try. I got thumbs up from everyone who ate one. As promised, I brought them to my run group last night and they all smiled with approval too. Now, keep in mind, these taste, um, healthy. These are no where near as sweet as last week's brownies. These taste like what they are. Protein packed wholesomeness. But I love that I can control the ingredients and that there's no wasteful packaging to toss. I thought they were pretty good and I consider myself an energy bar connoisseur. And picky, I'm really very picky.
I plan to make a few batches of different flavors this weekend and freeze them. Feeling adventurous? G'head, give 'em a try. He's got lots of ideas for ingredients so you can make the energy bar that sounds delicious to you!
Thanks for the idea Matt - this was a winner!