No-Bake #mamapower bars
I absolutely LOVE the change of seasons and getting the chance to experiment in the kitchen with local ingredients. I also really work hard to develop recipes for our #washies that take no more than about the 30 minutes we all have to spare in between loads of laundry and carpool. I developed these delicious bars to power you through the fall soccer practices and transition to early mornings for school.
1 cup of grass-fed butter
3 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup of organic semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup organic sprouted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup of either peanut, sun, almond, or cashew butter
1/2 cup of organic light brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
1 teaspoon organic cherry extract
1 teaspoon of local honey
*feel free to make substitutions as needed based on personal dietary needs
PREP TIME (30 minutes)
- Grease a 9x9 inch square pan.
- Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla, cherry, and honey. Mix in the oats, seeds, apricots. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the other half for topping.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars. I also like to use a muffin pan so the kiddos can grab after school.
ENJOY friends and comment below on ways you have added in some of your favorite local ingredients to personalize this recipe.