My first attempt at this recipe was a MAJOR fail. While preparing to make energy bars, I was looking around at different sites for inspiration. I already knew that I wanted to use honey, and I noticed that a lot recipes that used honey suggested letting it simmer for around 8 minutes. Not so, people! Not so… I tried that little 8 minute trick, and guess what happened? The result was a dark bubbly mass that looked something like molasses. Our air purifier was going bananas and our apartment smelt like burnt honey for the rest of the day. Fantastic start to the day, but luckily attempt #2 went a lot better.
Take 2: Simmered honey for 5 minutes. Perfect! 5 minutes did the trick; not 8 minutes. It’s the perfect amount of time to draw some of the water out without burning it. Drawing some of the water out will result in a thicker honey after it’s cooled, and will better hold your bars together. These energy bars contain chia seeds and flaxseeds; both are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. For those of you who don’t eat enough fish, these seeds are an easy way to get that all important source of brain power into your diet.
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup pistachios
- ⅓ cup cranberries
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- ½ cup clover honey (IMPORTANT: DO NOT substitute this honey type for another kind. Clover is a lot milder in flavor compared to other honeys.)
- Prepare an 8x8 inch baking pan by lining with parchment paper, or lightly coat with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the honey.
- In a small sauce pan, bring honey to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes; stirring frequently. Be careful not to let honey burn.
- Start with a ⅓ cup of boiled honey, and pour over nut and seed mixture; quickly mix until well combined. (I used ⅓ cup plus 2 tbsp. to be exact)
- Continue to add honey until desired sweetness has been reached.
- Press mixture into prepared pan; let cool completely before cutting.
- For harder bars, pop in the refrigerator to cool for 10-15 minutes.