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Homemade Energy Bars

18 servings

These homemade energy bars are made of just fruit and oats. They have a wonderful tropical flavor. Most energy bar recipes call for highly processed protein powder and some kind of concentrated sweetener. These are more healthy, high in fiber and low in fat. If you can't find dried mango, use dried apricots instead.

homemade energy bars

5 oz pitted dates, 1/3" dice
4 oz dried mango, 1/3" dice

6 oz ripe banana, chunks
8 oz crushed pineapple in juice

7 oz quick-cooking rolled oats

Line the bottom of an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly oil the uncovered sides of the dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Dice the dates and mango and set them aside in a small bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana chunks with a potato masher. Add the pineapple with liquid and the diced fruits. Stir together with a large spoon. Add the quick-cooking oats and stir briefly to mix. Continue to mix with your hands for a few minutes, squeezing the mixture through your fingers until the oats are completely moist.

Press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the dish for 10 minutes, then use a knife to loosen the sides. Carefully turn the sheet of baked mixture out on a cutting board. Cool for 10 more minutes, then cut into 18 rectangles (3 x 6).

Put the individual bars on a cooling rack. When they are completely cool, wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate or freeze.

Comments:  This is the best energy bar! Eat one of these when you want something sweet at the end of a meal. It is a good idea to wrap them individually so you don't gobble them all down at once. Because of the dried fruit, the calorie density is not low: 64 calories per oz. See our discussion about low calorie foods to learn more about calorie density.

Yield = 18 bars    1 serving = 1 bar

Calories per serving: 100  Fat: 0.8 g (7.2%)   Protein: 2.2 g   CHO: 22.1 g

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