Tuesday, February 21, 2012
These homemade energy bites always make me think of my mother-in-law. She brings them whenever she visits, and sends me home with a bunch whenever I visit her. The flavors of peanut butter, carob, and honey are complemented by crunchy nuts and seeds. Raisins add a little sweetness.
This recipe makes about 16-18 little bars that are quite filling. If you want to double the recipe, you can either make bigger bars or twice as many. They keep well in the fridge for about a month, so it is definitely worth the effort to individually wrap them and then pull them out for a snack. They are good to take hiking, eat as an afternoon snack, or eat after a good workout. You can use any mixture of nuts and seeds that you like, or use all seeds for a nut-free version.
Makes 16-18 squares
1 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
Heat in a pan until melted, stir until smooth, remove from heat.
1 cup carob powder
Add to peanut-honey mixture and mix well.
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup mixed nuts, chopped
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Add and stir well. Press into oiled square casserole dish. Chill until solid, then cut into small cubes. Wrap individually and store in the refrigerator. Will keep for a month or longer.
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