Stevia Sweetened Energy Bars
Recipe Type: Snacks
Description Lower Glycemic trail bars.
- 1 1⁄2 c whole rolled oats
- 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 3⁄4 c slivered almonds
- 3⁄4 c dried fruit
- 1 c dried coconut
- 1⁄2 t salt
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 2 T stevia (equivalent to 1 cup sugar)
- 4 T butter, softened
- 2 egg whites
- 3⁄4 c almond butter
- 1 t pure vanilla extract
- 1 c raw amaranth, cooked and cooled (see below)
- Note: Cook amaranth in 2 cups water for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally towards the end to prevent sticking. Let cool and then proceed.
- Preheat oven to 350*. Oil lightly or spray with cooking spray a 9×13 or 10×15 pan and then line with parchment paper.
- Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients separately. Add wet to dry and mix. Press mixture evenly into baking pan, making sure to pack it tightly. Use a spatula dipped in water for this.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are golden.
- If your pan is a low, jelly-roll type pan, you can invert it fairly soon after removing from oven. If it’s a deeper pan, you’ll want to wait until it’s cooled completely, to avoid breakage.
- ~With homemade items try to eat your product within 3-4 days of baking it. Most homemade items can be frozen safely in advance (cut into individual portions, wrap, and store in large freezer bags.). Most frozen items are good for 1-2 months in a freezer.
This recipe is a re-do of our popular http://www.trailcooking.com/recipes/you-can-make-them-your-way-bars where a couple forum members at www.NWHikers.net decided to play with it. I love their concept![br]One member, Navysalad, had toyed with it first, then Dogpatch got into it:[br]”Hey, the stevia version turned out great! I did a bunch of tinkering (of course) so I’ll post the whole recipe. Navysalad: I was intrigued by your use of amaranth–I’d never used it before. It seemed to give a nice texture to the bars, plus it’s got the protein boost. I reverted back to whole wheat flour, though, instead of the ground flax (too lazy) and used dried fruit instead of fresh berries. Also used almond butter, since I prefer it.[br]As for stevia, it looks like there’s a bunch of different preparations out there. I use Sweetleaf brand, dry, in the shaker bottle (Ballard Market or some QFCs, if you’re in Seattle). Could also use liquid stevia, just check what the equivalent is for sugar.”[br]Notes: You can find Stevia in Trader Joe’s as well and is very affordable that way![br]For the dried fruit, Dogpatch used golden raisins but according to them dried apricots are lower in sugar. Use what you like as usual.[br]Amaranth can be found in natural grocery stores.