Monday, April 25, 2011

Homemade Power Bars

This week I will be experimenting with a few new recipes and ingredients, (well new to me that is). I am going to try my hand at a vegan recipe or two and make a few healthy(ish) baked good recipes as well.  First up, homemade power bars, new ingredient: brown rice syrup. Brown rice syrup is made from brown rice and purified water. It is used as an alternative sweetener.
These bars are quite tasty and really simple to make. They would be a great snack to take along on nice afternoon hike (just make sure you have a little water to rinse your hands with because they can be a bit sticky).

Homemade Power Bars
Unsalted Butter for Pan
1 cup Toasted Walnuts *
1 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Oat Bran
1 1/2 cup Puffed Cereal (such as Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins) **
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1 cup Shredded Coconut
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Brown Rice Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Butter a 9x9 inch pan and set aside. In a medium sized bowl stir together all of the dry ingredients. Pour the vanilla and brown rice syrup into a sauce pan and heat over medium until mixture is warm and syrup has thinned. Pour syrup over dry mixture and stir until fully combined. Press mixture into prepared pan and freeze for 45 minutes. Then cut into squares. Store bars in the refrigerator.

Makes 9 Large Squares

* Toast walnut in a 350 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes
** Place puffed cereal in a large plastic bag then using a rolling pin, crush into course pieces

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn where it was adapted from Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson


  1. Wow, these look packed full of flavor! I always need a good granola bar with me for a little zap of energy, and these would be perfect to have on the go! Thanks for a great recipe, Anne. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Looks wonderful! I would love it!! I've never had rice syrup before. Does it taste like simple to maple syrup?

  3. I reminds me of corn syrup or even an extremely mild version of molasses.

  4. I love homemade energy bars/granola bars. They are so much healthier than the processed stuff. Thanks for sharing! Oh and thank you for the nice comment on my blog:)


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