Cure Midweek Fatigue with Homemade Power Chunks

Well, it’s Wednesday. You know what that means. You’re sick of cooking. Good thing that on Sunday, you whipped up a batch of my energy bars so you don’t have to worry about breakfast. Grab one of these go-getters, a piece of fruit and your morning is complete. Wait, throw in a couple of power yoga moves for total morning completion. In fact, eating my Power Chunks will allow you to bust this move before heading out the door. 

Unlike that move, it’s an easy and friendly recipe. Here you go:
3.5 cups of dried goodies. Pick what YOU like:  
Oats, oat bran, wheat germ, ground flax seed, toasted sesame seeds, coarsely ground millet, toasted coconut
Chopped dried fruit (raisins, cherries, apricot, prunes, mmm…prunes, dates, figs, etc…)
Chopped nuts and/or sunflower seeds. Do I need to list nut types? No. But toast for toastier flavor. You don’t have to chop seeds. They’re small.
Glue:   ½ cup brown sugar; ½ cup honey; ½ cup peanut or almond butter
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt

I am one of those cooks who doesn’t carefully measure this type of recipe. For anal retentive cooks who are breaking into a cold sweat because they need exact amounts, figure about 1 cup oats or oat bran, 1 cup mixture of grains, germs, coconut (about 1/3 cup each) 3/4 cup fruits and 3/4 cup nuts.  Again, it’s about your tastes and preferences. They’re your bars. Own the chunks. 

Toast, chop, grind, make the dry crumbles the size/consistency that you want, and mix together with salt.  I like it when recipes tell you to mix in a bowl. Isn’t that a given? Like you’re going to wonder, “It says here I have to mix all of these things…but where?…WHERE?!”  Heat the glue ingredients up on a stove over med heat & stir until well-blended, hot and saucy, almost to a boil. Gotta stir often though. No slackin’.  

Then mix the glue into the dry. Sing the Sir Mix-a-lot song if you want.

Press the whole works into an 8×8 lightly greased pan. Let sit for a few hours – it should harden. It won’t harden so well if you use smooth peanut or almond butter, or more honey than sugar. Wait until they are completely cooled before cutting.

Cook’s note: I’ve tried to reduce the honey and sugar in the “glue” to 1/3 cup each to reduce the sweet. But my bars were more crumbly. Next time I’ll use a finer grind/mince on the dry goods and see if that works. If you try it first, let me know if it does. Then bust out with your Power Chunks victory dance. I’d like to see that as well.

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