”While snacks are easy to come by in California, it may not always be easy to find healthier choices. Check out this recipe for an idea on a snack that provides energy and is made with whole ingredients!
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- Follow this simple recipe to make your very own energy bars
- Get confident in the kitchen and experiment with more whole ingredients
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars
- Level: Easy
- Total: 1 hr 15 min
- Prep: 10 min
- Inactive: 1 hr
- Cook: 5 min
- Yield: 14 bars
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups crisp brown rice cereal
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, canola oil, brown sugar, cinnamon. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, peanuts, apricots, figs, and salt.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir gently with a spatula until well combined. Transfer to a baking dish, cover with parchment paper, and press firmly into dish. Allow to cool completely (will cool faster in the refrigerator). Cut into squares or bars.
MWi would like to Dana Angelo White for creating this recipe and supporting our community with her expert insights. Follow this link to find out more about Dana White Nutrition:
Dana Angelo White,
MS, RD, ATC
Registered Dietitian &
Certified Athletic Trainer
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, cookbook author, journalist, and nutrition and fitness consultant. She specializes in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and sports nutrition.
Dana works closely with chefs and authors to develop creative and healthy recipes for cookbooks, magazines, and menus. She is the nutrition expert for Food Network.com and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog.
In October 2013, Dana was named to Sharecare’s list of Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Nutrition, recognizing her as one of the most influential voices in health and wellness.
Dana is the fitness ambassador for F45 Training in Fairfield, CT, a member of the USOC Sports Dietitian National Registry and on the speaker’s bureau for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. She has also served on advisory boards for Verywell, Greatist, Applegate, Chobani, and Healthy Happy Kids. She is a consultant for cooking shows including Genius Kitchen and Bobby Deen’s Not My Mama’s Meals and has worked as a media spokesperson for the National Honey Board, National Mango Board, Hidden Valley’s Love Your Veggies Program and Cooking Light Magazine. She has made appearances on Good Day Street Talk, Food Network.com, Access Hollywood, ABC Nightly News, NBC Connecticut, GMA Health, New York Live, and Better Connecticut.