Raw Power Bars

You ever have those mornings when you get so caught up trying to get out the door you forget to eat? Yeah, pretty sure we all do. I’m a stickler for breakfast though, and truly believe it is the most important meal and should not be skipped, within reason. Enter, these raw power bars. For those mornings when you walk in the kitchen, see the clock and realize sadly that your eggies and pancakes just aren’t happening today.

granny-style, all ready to go in the freezer!

granny-style, all ready to go in the freezer!

In my granny’s version of these bars, she cuts them, wraps them in tinfoil and has them in a gallon ziplock in the freezer for keeping and they are delicious frozen/cold. I get my smarts from her.

 

Our 50lb sack of oats is finally coming to its end! (on the left)

Our 50lb sack of oats is finally coming to its end! (on the left)

RAW POWER BARS   *** means it’s a totally optional ingredient. Go wild, or don’t. 

4c rolled oats

1/2c ground oats (I used a coffee grinder to powderize my oats)

1/2c-1c coconut shreds (unsweetened you gluttonous fool)***

1c chocolate chips (I used a dairy/soy/nut free brand but that’s up to you)***

1-2c peanut butter, depending on how much you like PB. I used crunchy because creamy is for weirdos.

1c raw honey, or regular if you don’t care about the benefits of raw honey

1/4c melted butter or coconut oil, I used coconut oil but it’s really up to you. I’m not judging. (if you used only 1c of peanut butter, then you will want to make that a ‘generous’ 1/4c butter or oil, as you have to make up for lost stickiness)

1/2c sunflower seeds***

1/2c pumpkin seeds***

1tsp salt

2tbs vanilla extract

1/4c ground flax seed***

1/4c chia seeds***

*Enlarged to show texture

*Enlarged to show texture

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a giant bowl, preferably with a wooden spatula, just because. Then add your wet ingredients and prepare to get in a short workout stirring all that stickiness together nicely. At this point feel free to taste test your mixture. A lot. Add more chocolate chips, or coconut flakes, or whatever your little heart desires. They are YOUR power bars after all!

These ah...these were for testing purposes. (by the way, they were delicious and passed the repeated taste tests with flying colors)

These ah…these were for testing purposes. (by the way, they were delicious and passed the repeated taste tests with flying colors)

Once you get an even mixture together, grease a 9×13 baking pan (for easy removal, always use lube) and dump your oats unceremoniously in. Press the mixture down into the pan, making it as flat and smooth as possible. At this point I realized I had forgotten to add my chia seeds! Not to worry, there is almost always a workaround to be found! In this case I just sprinkled them generously over the top. Easy peasy.

Mistakes are usually easy to work around!

Mistakes are usually easy to work around!

Once you have your pressed pan, go ahead and shove it in the freezer for about an hour. They will be quite firm and cutting may be a total workout/pain in the ass, so I have a hunch that if I pre cut them before freezing next time I may save my shoulder some grief. If you try it before my next batch, please let us know how that worked out for you!

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Taking a photo break from the cutting.