Sunday, February 24, 2008

Energy Bars

Today, I'm bringing out the big guns - my personal trainers and constant companions. When I say constant companions, I mean that quite literally. It doesn't seem to matter where I am, they're always there following me from one room to the other. After some discussion, they've shared that their favourite room is the kitchen and their favourite treats are whatever happens to fall on the floor at any time of day or night. They are the constant reminders that I need to get out and exercise even if I don't really want to. And remind me they do. How can you resist these faces? Even worse, it's just not possible to go near a door without finding one or both of them ready at the slightest movement of the leash.

He's the male and really thinks he's the alpha in our pack. We let him come through doors first just to keep his ego in tact. We really know who the alpha is in the family and she's exactly half his size. Although he's been nicknamed "fat boy", we prefer to consider him as being big boned and full of character.

Now she's the serious one. Weighing in at just 11 lbs. she has a great dane complex and will tackle anything or anybody who threatens her pack. Those eyes come and tell me it's time to go get some exercise. And, if the eyes get ignored, the ante will always get bumped up to the barking phase.

Remember this guy - the symbol of something healthy coming - the man with the hat that infiltrates my cupboards.


2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup skim milk powder
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup dried apricots or dates, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup liquid honey
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsp. sesame seeds

1. Combine dry ingredients with fruit and seeds.
2. Beat eggs with oil, honey and molasses.
3. Add the dry ingredients and blend well. (It's a thick and relatively dry mixture that requires a bit of elbow grease to mix)
4. Spread into a 9 inch square pan, lightly buttered (don't press down on batter)
5. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. If using pyrex pan, decrease temperature to 325 F.
6. This recipe may be doubled successfully. Freezes well.

I doubled the recipe and found it made 1 - 9x12 and 1 - 9x9

This is a sweet treat packed with good for you ingredients. StumbleUpon


test it comm said...

I was wondering what I could do with that wheat germ in my cupboard. These look pretty healthy and tasty.

Pixie said...

The second healthy snack bar I've seen in a row. It's like peanut butter all over again! Cute cuddly dogs- shame Bu is scared of them and allergic to cats too. Humph.