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07 May 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Energy bars?  
Could I make some kind of homemade energy bar from the following ingredients that I happen to have on hand?

golden raisins
peanut butter
dried cranberries
coconut flakes

I saw Chocolate and Zucchini's post about making homemade Larabars, but I don't have *quite* the right ingredients. Any ideas, folks? Or should I just make biscotti? The thing is, I've had the dates and the coconut for a quite a while, and I'd like to use them up. Help?!
Queen Bar Beequeenbarbee on May 7th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Check out these recipes - I saw them on Good Eats and they looked great:

la marquise du sudla_sherazade on May 7th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
They do look good, but I'm missing many of the ingredients. :( I have to make do with what I have on hand, we don't have any more money until Tuesday.
tn grrltn_grrl on May 7th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
One of my comfort foods is peanut butter mixed with honey, oats, and dried fruit(s). I don't have a recipe - just whatever appeals to me at the time is mixed until it can be eaten with a spoon. ;)

I can imagine many combos of what you have on hand being rolled into nummy little balls of confection.

What kind of dates? I also often buy date rolls (maybe just mashed dates mixed with nuts) that are covered with coconut at my local health food store.
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on May 7th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I think they are chopped dates.

I'm looking for something kind of like a health bar, something that doesn't need any extra sweeteners, and is easy to eat one by one with no mess.

I'm starting to think I may just do biscotti, but I would like to find a way to use up the dates without making actual cookies...
WebMSwebms on May 7th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've been looking into something like this for when I'm out of the house and don't have ready access to snacks, I looked at the bars for sale out there but they all seem to have too much sugar/too little fiber or funky ingredients like sugar alcohols and root powers. If I find something I'll definitely share the recipe!
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on May 7th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly, I don't want to add sugar or protein powder or anything like that. Maybe I will experiment, I don't know... I'll let you know if I do.
WebMSwebms on May 7th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it works for you. Some of the recipes below should use all your ingredients, and I think I recall you said you now have powdered milk too.
WebMSwebms on May 7th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)

This looks like it could be modified to work with your ingredients.

This calls for bananas which you may not have, but I like that it has dry milk to add calcium/protein

This one might use your ingredients but I don't know about the sugar content. Sweetened condensed milk sounds a little too sugary

WebMSwebms on May 7th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
And here's a substitute for condensed milk using evaporated milk, so you can cut back on sugar and see if it works for you.

la marquise du sudla_sherazade on May 7th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I have almost all the stuff for the Epicurious one, so I may try that one. Thanks very much for the link!!
WebMSwebms on May 7th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it turns out!