Reason number 1) The sunflower butter is fantastic and gives it great flavor. I use an organic sunflower butter with no sugar, Sunbutter Organic.
Reason number 2) These bars have a lot of energy packed into them and are sweetened with maple syrup in the cereal, brown rice syrup in the mixture holding it all together, and dark chocolate on top.
Reason number 3) The cereal used is key to the success of these bars. My Coconut Granola recipe stays light and crispy amid the chewy raisins, and sunflower butter/syrup mixture. Using store bought cereals may yield a tough texture. For best results use Coconut Granola Recipe.
Reason number 4) Chocolate. Dark chocolate to be exact. Enough said.
Reason number 5) It is very easy to make. No baking involved once you have the cereal made.
Energy Bars(Makes 24 (1 1/2-inch) Squares or 12 (1 1/2 x 3-inch) Bars)
3 c. Coconut Granola Recipe
1/2 c. Sunflower Butter (organic, no sugar)
1/2 c. Organic Brown Rice Syrup
3/4 c. Dark Chocolate Chips
Grease a (7x11-inch) baking pan. Place the granola in a large heat proof mixing bowl. Have this in place now, because once the syrup mixture is ready it needs to be added immediately. Measure out the sunflower butter. Heat the rice syrup in a small sauce pan on low to medium heat stirring constantly until it simmers. Remove from heat. Add the sunflower butter, stirring quickly until smooth and incorporated. Immediately pour into the granola and quickly mix with a spoon before it hardens too much. Transfer mixture to the greased pan and pat down evenly with the back of a spoon. If it sticks, grease the back of the spoon. Melt the chocolate chips on low in a heavy bottomed sauce pan, stirring constantly. Pour over the top of the bars. Let sit until set. Slice into bars or squares.
|Bars before chocolate.|
|Chocolate setting up.|