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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Bars

January 26, 2010

Making your own trail bars is so easy and when I brought these to my Saturday morning run with the L.A. Leggers, everyone loved these little treats.  When you bake your own energy bars, you can be assured that they include whole grains like rolled oats and whole wheat flour and healthy fats like peanut butter and nuts. Peanut butter replaces butter in these treats, reducing the saturated fat and boosting protein. The unsweetened applesauce binds the mixture together instead of using canola oil. The great thing about these bars is that you can mix and match ingredients. Add flax seed, chocolate chips, carob chips or experiment with different types of dried fruits and nuts, anything works! These bars make ideal snacks—tuck one into your pocket when you head out the door or eat one after a workout.

Ingredient Note
If you must avoid peanut butter because of an allergy, you can substitute soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter.

Other delicious energy bars:

Coconut & Cranberry Energy Bars

Cranberry Granola Blondies

Pumpkin Walnut Bars

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Bars

Makes 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup natural-style smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the peanut butter, sugar, and honey in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until blended. Blend egg and egg whites with a fork in a small bowl. Add to the peanut butter mixture, along with applesauce and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add reserved flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula. Mix in oats, raisins and almonds. Scrape batter into the prepared baking dish. Use a piece of plastic wrap to spread batter into an even layer.

3. Bake the bars until lightly browned and firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack before cutting into 24 bars.


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