True Confessions.....I am a single mother and I don't have time....like ever, so I try to make recipes that give me the most bang for the buck. I like these energy bars because they are a great snack that gets me over the 3 o'clock hump, and they last a while in my house. You can find the original recipe for the Energy Bars here. This time I made them more of a fruity chewy bar.
I wanted to try some different fruit combinations so I used dried blueberries, dried apricots, shredded coconut, and some ginger chews that I stubled across at Trader Joe's, this is what they look like here.
Some time saving tips that I learned along the way:
*I use a lot of whole nuts, and chopped about 1/3.
*Blend the nuts first that you want to chop, then the dates.
*Remember to use a food processor. A blender will not work, it will turn the nuts into butter too soon, and it's torture to clean the dates off of the blades (this I learned the hard way), and who has time for that?
*Also parchment paper is your best friend. Use it to line your cookie sheet to have less clean up.
*Also once the bars are cut wrap them individually in saran wrap. This will save you a lot of time when you are daily preparing your snack, just pop one out of the freezer and your ready to go!
This recipe is very versatile so the same guidelines apply, I just used different ingredients.
Here's what I used:
Crystalized Ginger (found at Trader Joe's)