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A tale of two energy bars

walnut and dried blueberry bars

Let me tell you what our mornings look like. We start out with first breakfast, usually before 7 am. First breakfast is generally oatmeal/multigrain cereal with blueberries and homemade yogurt.

It's not long before Finn is ready for second breakfast and Anders joins right in. Second breakfast could be more cereal, cottage cheese and fruit, or toast with peanut butter.

That holds them over for a bit, but by 10:00 it's time for a snack. I've made several types of energy bars, but I like to mix it up, so this week I tried two more. These are also ideal for taking to the ski hill, on the trail, or wherever we may find ourselves.

walnut and dried cherry bars

I originally saw this recipe somewhere, but I forget where. It linked back to a Food Network recipe.

These are cake-like and so good. I could eat a lot of them...if I could get them away from the boys.

I subbed dried blueberries for cherries, but I think the cherries would be awesome. I used the blueberry jam I made last fall in lieu of apricot preserves. And I didn't toast the wheat germ. That's for more advanced bakers.

These aren't the healthiest things in the world, but they have a lot of calories to curb the boys' constant hunger.

no-bake energy bites

Baked energy bites

These goodies came from Give me Some Oven. I swapped blueberries for chocolate chips in this one.

My problem with these is that I couldn't get them to stick together in a ball. The mix was yummy, though, so I kept trying. I added a little more peanut butter, to no avail.

Then I added an egg and a half and baked them at 350 for ten minutes, turned them and baked another five minutes. So much for "no-bake."

They were really good, despite by meddling and they got four little boy thumbs-ups.

That gets us through to lunch time.

Permalink 03/08/12 12:41:00 am, by Mel Email , 328 words, Categories: Eat ,

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