Aspen Power Bars
It’s time for another Secret Recipe Club post. Each month I am assigned a blog, where I get to choose a recipe from that blog to cook and blog about it on my blog. And, someone else is assigned my blog to do the same. It’s really fun, and I find tons of awesome food blogs. This month I was assigned Allies Clean Plate Club, and I chose Aspen Power Bars.
Allison is a fellow Midwest girl, originally from Illinois and now in the craziness of theWest Coast (her words). Although I’m not from Illinois, I’m just a few hours away in Michigan.
Well, it was truly difficult to choose a recipe! She has so many recipes that I’d love to try. But, after much deliberation, I finally decided on these Aspen Power Bars!
She had mentioned that the inspiration for these was a request from her cross training husband. That really drew me in because my husband is always training for something. So, I knew he would love these. Plus we are just granola eating people, I always make my own, so a granola bar was the perfect choice (see how to make granola here).
I made a couple changes and they are noted in the ingredients. Plus I added a couple Tbs of flaxseed meal, simply because it’s good for you.
The best thing about these, besides the taste of course, is they are ready in 30 minutes! That’s not a ton of time to invest to feed yourself something healthy! Aspen Power Bars are the perfect breakfast on the go or anytime snack.
Secret Recipe Club: Aspen Power Bars
- 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Heaping 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup nuts or sunflower seeds I used 1/2 cup seeds and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup powdered milk
- 1/2 cup raisins I used dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon peanut butter--chunky is best I didn't have chunky, so I went with creamy
- 1 1/8 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon raspberry jam
Preheat the oven to 400. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, coconut, salt, nuts, seed, powdered milk, raisins and cranberries.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Stir in the honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract and jam until melted and fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
Pour the melted ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until fully mixed (I found the easiest way was with my hands).
Press the mixture into the pan, compressing it as much as possible.
Bake until golden, about 12-19 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Once cooled, loosen edges with a butter knife, invert the pan to release, then cut into bars.
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