April 5th, 2021

One thing I have never done is snack between meals. I really think when you are following a whole foods lifestyle, you are giving your body and mind the right combination of nutrients to keep you satisfied. I do have three boys who love sports so I need to have something in the fridge that will boost their energy levels when they’re feeling puckish.

You know me, I don’t like processed foods. I’d rather make my own energy bars using one or two ingredients to come up with something a little bit healthier than your usual store-bought energy bar. These easy to make bars can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. I hope you and your family enjoy that extra punch of “power” they’ll give you.

2 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
1 cup homemade smooth peanut butter, natural smooth peanut butter or almond butter (Look for brands with only two ingredients.)
1 cup your choice of nuts (I love pistachio nuts.), roughly chopped
½ cup maple syrup or local honey
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup chocolate chips (70 percent cocoa recommended)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

How to make:
Lightly spray an eight-inch square baking pan with olive oil and then line with parchment paper. Let the paper hang over the sides of the pan. Lightly spray the paper with oil.
In a medium size bowl, mix all the ingredients firmly together. Spread the mixture in the baking pan, pushing it firmly to fill the pan. Pop the pan into the refrigerator to set for about an hour. Cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy before or after your workout.

Chef Mark .

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