Energy Bars

Energy Bars

A chewy oatmeal chocolate chip granola bar

Yield: 

36 Bars

Ingredients: 

9 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup goldren ground flaxseed
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1/4 cup water

Instructions: 

1. In a large bowl, mix oats and brown sugar. Melt butter in a small pan or bowl, and add corn syrup to butter. Stir butter mixture into oat mixture and mix well.

2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Grease two baking sheets (11x15-inch) and divide mixture evenly on both sheets, pressing flat with a pancake turner.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove sheets from oven and place on wire racks. Cut after 6 minutes (set timer!) with a pizza cutter, using a butter knife to cut the edges that the pizza cutter won't get. Cover with a clean towel while cooling.

Store energy bars in an airtight container or bag. These keep well, but will get more crumbly after a week or so, so freeze any extras that won't be eaten within 7-10 days.

Energy Bars

Energy Bars

Additional Notes: 

*I usually get creative and do unsweetened coconut, golden flax seeds, chopped almonds, and raw sunflower seeds, and reduce the amount of oats to make up for the extra stuff I add. It's fun to experiment... but I have had them crumble on me because of too much "other" stuff for the amount of sugar and butter. :) I recommend following the recipe accurately the first time you make them... and then getting more creative. :)

This is a recipe my mom created/adapted over the past 10+ years. These Energy Bars are easy to make, and are a delicious oatmeal-chocolate chip bar.

These Energy Bars are chewy and hold together quite well! Many people have tried them and been amazed by how delicious and beautiful they are!

This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of breakfasts and make-ahead mixes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out!

Energy Bars

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

18 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

These are a little more sweet than I would like -- for nutritional purposes -- (I have tried cutting back on the sugar or butter but then they fall apart) but make a great breakfast or snack. :)

Energy Bars

Comments

Using the stock recipe, this is a no-frills 'hard' granola bar. Not quite as sweet or hard as the store bought varieties, this granola bar has a pleasant hearty taste--and is an excellent addition to breakfast or as a quick snack.

I would have given the recipe a 7/10, but where this recipe really excells is when you get creative. Add extra coconut (you can never have enough coconut!), chocolate chips, M&Ms, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc and you have a real winner. But do note, as Tammy comments, that if you add extra ingredients that you may need to add some additional sugar and/or corn syrup. If you don't the bars will be fairly brittle. Of course granola bar crumbs make an excellent granola cereal with milk. So when life gives you a lemon...

Rating: 
4

Please see my review at the end of the recipe. Thanks! ~ Tammy

Rating: 
5

We have made Energy Bars several times now. Here is how we have modified them:

Bake in 1 jellyroll pan rather than 2, increasing baking time to 22 minutes. This makes a thicker, chewier bar that is easier to cut into smaller rectangles and is less crumbly.

Add mini baking m&m's. (Yum!)

Add 1/2C ground flax, 1/2C coconut, 1/2C mini chocolate chips or m&m's and 1/2C sunflower seeds. Reduce oats by 1/2C.

Next, I'd like to try replacing some of the sugar with honey. I'll let you know how it goes.

His, Lisa

aka lisa_iowa

wife to Daryl, momys to 7

Rating: 
5

We made these and they are great!

I put the whole batch into a jelly roll pan so they were thicker and not as crunchy, but delicious.

Also, because our daughter is extremely allergic to nuts I used shredded coconut (not a nut) and raisins.

I will definitely be making it again. To try and get the crunch of nuts I am going to try banana chips roughly chopped -- and coconut and raisins of course!

Rating: 
5

These are delicious! I added flax seeds, almonds, coconut, and carob chips to mine and used coconut oil in place of butter and 7 cups of oats instead of 9. Yummy! I did notice that the dry ingredients weren't sticking together, so I added two eggs to the mix. I could feast on these forever!

Rating: 
5

Try toasting your coconut before adding it to the recipe. It adds a nutty, butterscotch flavored crunch that is SO good! I toast mine in a dry cast iron pan. You can add a bit of sugar to it if you want it sweeter.

Rating: 
4

I love making homemade granola for my family. When Joe and I got married in 2006, I made several batches and gave them away as party favors for our guests. I can't wait to make granola bars for my family for Christmas this year! Thank you for this post. Do you think I can substitute honey for the corn syrup in this recipe or would it change the texture too much?
I usually add cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to my granola, a la pumpkin pie spice, dried cranberries and apricots to my granola but I LOVE Kristy's suggestion of banana chips.
If I don't make them for the whole group, I know these bars will be perfect for a traveling snack for all the holiday car trips!

Rating: 
5

These were a big hit at our house as far as taste goes but...I can't seem to make them stay together.:( what am I doing wrong?

Rating: 
4

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