One of our most popular posts on HealthLink's Healthy Dish segment is Jean Enersen's Monster Energy Bar. It's a great snack that you can carry in your purse or backpack, and it's easy to make.
After making them, one of the KING5.com producers loved it so much, he and his wife decided to experiment with some of the ingredients (in bold below) and came up with their own delicious variation of the Monster Bar.
"My wife and I had to contain ourselves from eating all of it because it tasted like candy," said Travis Pittman.
Travis shares their recipe:
Travis Pittman's Modified Monster Bars
2 C Oats
1 C Nuts, use your favorite or a combination
1 ½ C Dried Fruit – various kinds
½ C Bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 C Maple Syrup
1/4 C Honey
1/4 C Barley Malt Syrup
2 T Vegetable oil
1/2 t Sea salt
1 C Crunchy almond butter
Toast the oats and nuts in a baking pan for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Combine all wet ingredients in a sauce pan on medium to low heat on the stove and stir until well blended about 10 minutes. It will be thick.
Then combine the wet ingredients and the oven toasted ingredients along with the dried fruit in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
Transfer your ingredients into shallow 9 X 11 pan (I used a 9 X 13 pan) and compress everything evenly into the bottom of the pan.
Put the pan into your refrigerator for about 2 hours.
Cut in to 20 squares, each bar comes out to about 175 calories.