These homemade energy bars with oatmeal are delicious powerhouses: The easy flapjacks are comparatively healthy & vegan, as well.
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Small power bars to go: These homemade energy bars come in handy in stressful moments. The oatmeal bars are quickly mixed and baked. The Energy Bar basic recipe is wonderfully variable. And you don't need a mixer, no dozens of bowls, just a few ingredients.
Taste and Occasion
Of course you can also buy the snacks, after all there are different Energy Bars in every supermarket. But as time goes by, the oat-full bars, oat snacks, cliff bars, whatever they are called, are quite expensive.
Making your own energy bars is a good idea, not only for this reason. After all, baking makes you happy 😉. And in the homemade alternative you can always make new varieties.
I like to snack the oatmeal bars occasionally during the day. But I know that some athletes are specifically looking for flapjacks for bodybuilders, homemade energy bars for road cycling or "healthy" carbohydrate bars. (Protein bar recipes can be found here and here).
My power bars are certainly more balanced and natural than most of what is sold, but still (also) a treat. Even if I have reduced the sweetening amount by at least a third compared to other recipes.
The basic recipe for energy bars consists of oat flakes, butter, syrup, sugar, seeds or nuts and dried fruit. With a few small changes, the delicious carbohydrate bars can be turned into vegan energy bars, gluten-free, nut-free, fructose-free or similar in no time at all.
The result, a kind of flapjack, will be wonderfully chewy but still stable - so you can take the bars with you and wrap them up.
I personally like the "soft" flapjacks, which originally come from England, usually better than crunchy cereal bars. Because the recipe is so easy, it's also great for baking with children. After all, all you have to do is stir the mixture with a spoon and press it into the form.
How to make Flapjacks
The preparation of flapjacks is very simple. First of all, preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C and melt butter in a pot. Add syrup or honey and sugar and stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved.
Then, remove the pot from the stove and stir oat flakes well into the mixture. Now it's time to get a little creative: Fold in nuts, seeds, seeds and dried fruits as desired.
Pour the mixture into a rectangular form lined with baking paper (at least 8*8 inches / 20*20 cm) and press it firmly with a dough scraper or spoon. Bake it for about 23-25 minutes.
While still warm, carefully "cut" about 15 power bars with a sharp knife so that they can be cut better later. Let them cool down, e.g. in the refrigerator, and then cut them completely.
This easy Scottish shortbread is made with a sandy mixture and classically cut into oblong strips ("shortbread fingers").
The oatmeal and honey bars also taste great with rice syrup, agave syrup or maple syrup. Each with a different aroma in the result. Instead of coconut sugar, whole cane sugar or brown sugar are suitable.
How to make Flapjacks at home
- 150 grams (0.7 cups) butter
- 140 grams (0.4 cups) rice syrup, or honey or agave syrup
- 70 grams (0.4 cups) coconut blossom sugar , or brown sugar
- 270 grams (3 cups) oat flakes , tender
- 80 grams (0.6 cups) sunflower seeds , or other seeds and nuts
- 70 grams (0.6 cups) dried cranberries , or raisins, dates etc
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Melt the butter in a pot. Add syrup or honey and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove the pot from the stove. Stir the oat flakes well into the mixture. Fold in nuts, seeds, seeds and dried fruits as desired.
- Pour the mixture into a rectangular form lined with baking paper (at least 8*8 inches / 20*20 cm) and press it firmly with a dough scraper or spoon. Bake for about 23-25 minutes. While still warm, carefully "cut" about 15 bars with a sharp knife so that they can be cut better later. Let them cool down, e.g. in the refrigerator, and then cut them completely.
If you prepare the energy bars with coconut oil, they are homemade vegan energy bars. (By the way: Also the healthy vegan muesli bars without baking are delicious!) From the coconut oil, however, only approx. 120 grams are needed.
With gluten-free oatmeal - clear - gluten-free power bars become out of it. For more variety, you can refine the Flapjack recipe as you like: with coconut flakes and raisins, for example, with pumpkin seeds and apricots, with cocoa nibs and dates.
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