Power UP with homemade power bars


That’s right – the Burton Girls  have shared a homemade recipe for power bars that is both fun to make & very affordable. Not to mention, these will be a lot fresher than the bars we are buying off the shelves. With spring break around the corner, it’s crunch time people. Literally. So, go get the ingredients and give these babies a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The ingredients:

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil or regular butter
– 1 cup of chopped pecans
– 1 cup slivered almonds
– 2/3 cup (unsweetened) shredded coconut
– 1  1/4 cups rolled oats

– 1  1/2 cups unsweetened crisp brown rice cereal – you can substitute regular rice cereal like Rice Krispies if you want!

– 1 cup brown rice syrup
– 1/4 cup natural cane sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
– 1/2 cup dried cherries, raisins or whatever dried fruit gets ya going
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Step by step directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Start by greasing a baking pan with your coconut oil or butter. For thick power bars, go for an 8 by 8 inch pan. If you’re a fan of thinner bars, use a 9 by 13-inch pan.

Meanwhile, on a  baking sheet, toast your pecans, almonds & coconut for around 7 minutes. The coconuts should be really golden. Flip them around once or twice during that 7 minute period.

Mix your oats, toasted nuts, coconut, dried fruit & the cereal together in a big bowl and set that aside.

Combine your rice syrup, sugar, salt & vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat  and consistently stir it as it comes to a boil and thickens a little bit. This is gonna go on for about 4 minutes. Then, pour the syrup over the oat mixture & stir it until everything is evenly mixed together!

Spread the mixture into your greased up pan & cool it to room temperature. After it is hardened a bit, cut the mix up into whatever size bars you want! Wrap the bars in waxed paper for freshness & convenience. This is a recipe for 16 to 24 bars, so you can share, save em up, whatever! Just like that, you made your own power bars. Power UP!

-Katie Deeds

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