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Homemade Powerbar Update

July 17th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Today, we made these.

“Do it Yourself Power Bars” recipe taken from Super Natural Cooking.

1 tablespoon coconut oil (used butter)
1 1/4 rolled oats
1 1/4 toasted walnuts
1/2 Oat Bran
1 1/ cup unsweetened crisp brown rice cereal
1 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons crystallized ginger
1 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 natural cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt


Seriously, an adventure taking my two kids to the health foods store.  Reminder my boys are 4 and 2 and there is no driving cart at the health foods store!  They only have the old school carts which really don’t hold any children!  Ryan won’t ride in the front, Benjamin wants to ride in the back and we are switching places every five minutes.  

Then, I go find a salesperson to help me find coconut oil, ginger, and brown rice syrup.  None were easy to find!  Of course, the crystallized ginger is in the bulk bin area which is basically open bins at their level and if it even resembles candy- they must have it!!  (I just want to get the ingredients and GET OUT!)  So, I cave and buy them sugar free jelly beans like 10 and it got me through the rest of the store! 

I am out of breath by the time we leave.  This was an additional workout.  

The recipe was super easy to make, mix and EAT.  Best part, the eating, though if you’re on a fibromyalgia diet or another kind of diet, then just inhale and enjoy making the amazingly easy recipe. We made the bars in 15 minutes and we’re eating them immediately.  One problem, they were so good that I couldn’t STOP eating them. Hubby liked but thought they needed less ginger.  I think this recipe could be modified as you see fit- replace cranberries for apricots and change out the nuts.  I’d also decrease the amount of sugar.  One other thing, they haven’t hardened up at all.  Possibly the fridge overnight will make them hard, I don’t care, though!  Just like eating desert!

I’m sure you have a story you can relate about grocery shopping with children!  Give it up I know I’m not the only one who struggles in the store.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Medebe // Jul 17, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Simplistic as it sounds, I watch the kids while my wife does grocery shopping, even now that they are 8 and 12 years old. It’s her “special time.” Good luck, thanks for the recipe. If you have a good bran muffin recipe, I’d be grateful. By the way, do you know how many calories there are per serving of your calorie bar? Sounds great. Cheers. Andy P

  • 2 Fitarella // Jul 17, 2008 at 11:22 am

    sound really yummy, but also seems like a lot of sugar. Sice they didn’t harden what was the consitency? Do you think they’d be ok w/some added protein (whey)?

  • 3 Rachel // Jul 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Consistancy was like a rice crispy treat- only sweeter.

    I would like to find some other recipes that don’t call for so much/if any sugar.

    One idea would be to add in PB instead of sugar + the protein…

  • 4 Fit Mommy // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Andy P- sorry I don’t have the calories. It’s not offered in the book!

  • 5 MizFit // Jul 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    oooh how about some PB2 the powdered peanutbutter? would that help at all?

    Miz, who only has ONE and struggles immensely at the store!

  • 6 Tiffany // Jul 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Here is a link to another energy bar receipe

    They are yummy, easy to make, you can find all of the items in a regular grocery store and you can also change the dried fruit up to use what you already have laying around.

  • 7 Rachel // Jul 18, 2008 at 3:06 am

    LOL I feel your pain trying to take little ones to the store. Like you said that is a workout in itself. Maybe I will get my hubby to watch the kids while I go look for the ingredients. :)

  • 8 CC // Jul 21, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Have you ever tried rice bran oil. It is super healthy and loaded with antioxidants.

  • 9 Holly@dates dried fruit // Jun 29, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I think I will try your recipe, but substitute medjool date honey for the sugar and syrup. The sugar and syrup can’t be good for you.

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