Double Peanut Energy Bars
These soft, not-too-sweet bars are ideal for a quick pick-me-up or portable breakfast.
- Prep time: 25 minutes
- Baking time: 25 minutes
- Makes: 18 bars
|1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour|
|⅓ cup (75 mL) large flake oats|
|½ tsp (2 mL) each cinnamon and baking powder|
|¼ tsp (1 mL) each baking soda and salt|
|⅓ cup (75 mL) brown sugar|
|¼ cup (60 mL) milk|
|¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable oil|
|¼ cup (60 mL) smooth peanut butter|
|½ cup (125 mL) each coarsely grated carrots and coarsely grated peeled apple|
|⅓ cup (75 mL) raisins, preferably golden|
|¼ cup (60 mL) salted peanuts|
|¼ cup (60 mL) shredded sweetened coconut|
|3 tbsp (45 mL) coarsely chopped salted peanuts|
|2 tbsp (30 mL) large flake oats|
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray a 9x9-inch (2.5-L) baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg with brown sugar, milk, oil and peanut butter, until smooth. Pour over flour mixture, along with carrot, apple, raisins, peanuts and coconut. Stir until thoroughly combined. Batter will be thick.
Scrape batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top. Sprinkle the top evenly with peanuts and oats. Bake until lightly browned and edges just start to pull away from sides of pan, 23 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.
Per 1 bar: 140 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fibre, 7 g sugars, 3 g protein