So here's a tasty, seedy energy bar that everyone who's tried has loved!
Extreme Energy Bars
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup soy seeds
1 whole egg*
2 Tbsp. coconut oil (I used Artisana - don't sub a non-coconut oil, or the bars won't be as crunchy and stick-together-y!)
Sticky sweetener to taste (I used 1/2 cup honey, but maple syrup or molasses would work just fine and the amount depends on your preference)
1 packet vanilla sugar
*OPTIONAL* Milk chocolate bar or other mix-ins/toppings of choice
1) Mix everything together.
2) Spread on an oiled (or baking sheet lined) tray in the desired thickness.
*I didn't use any salt, since the bars just didn't need it, but I did end up covering it in a chopped-up milk chocolate bar that was about to expire - this is entirely optional (unless, of course, you're a chocoholic)!*
3) Bake at 160C for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and finished looking. I know - so scientific. :P
My favorite thing about these seedy whole grain bars is that they're really flexible - you can throw in whatever nut/seeds/dried fruits/chocolate pieces you have lying around! If you want to up the protein content, you can throw in your protein powder of choice! They're fast and easy, but also made with simple, wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about putting into your body. Good deal! :)
Oh, and they stuck together, unlike many homemade granola bars (thank the egg and the coconut oil!)
Oh, and even non-health-food-fans loved these. So make enough to share!
* You could sub two egg whites, if you really wanted, but this is a good place to sneak in a yolk where you really can't taste it! Yolks are great for hair and brain health... but somehow brittle, dry hair that grows slowly and less than optimal brain function just doesn't sound that tempting. On the other hand, if you live egg-free and get those nutrients from vegan alternatives, a flax egg might work here (I just didn't have any ground flax to try it out with).