breakfast to go

my husband adores balance bars. the yogurt honey peanut flavor. every morning, so very early, on his way out the door, he grabs one along with a cup of coffee for the road. it really is a great thing for him, it is easy, and fairly nutritious, and beats me having to cook breakfast at the crack of dawn. so i read the label. ...he does eat this every day. not bad, not good. the nutritional content is great, how it got there is not. although mostly natural, the list of ingredients contains a lot of undecipherable additions, most of which i am not exactly comfortable with. so here is my solution. peanut butter bars. the recipe makes 14-18 bars, each packing a very similar nutritional punch as the balance bar. and the best thing... i know exactly what is inside. 

peanut butter bars

 1  C dry milk
1/2 C honey
1/2 C bran or wheat germ
1/2 C sesame seeds
 1  C natural peanut butter
1/2 C rolled oatmeal

put all of the ingredients in a mixer and mix well. pour dough out on a piece of wax or parchment paper and shape into a rectangle about 3/4 of an inch thick. cut into bars, about 14, but 18 is easier.
wrap each bar individually in wax paper.
i added 1/2 C flax seed to my last batch, which is an excellent addition to add in much needed omega 3's and fiber...  
approximate values for 1/14 of recipe... not including flax seed.
202 cals, 11.5 g fat, 21.5 g carb, 12.8 g sugar, 8 g protein
compared with balance bar...
200 cals, 7g fat, 22 g carb, 18 g sugar, 15 g protein

pretty good!


  1. These look amazing! How do you deal with storing them? With 18 bars, I imagine it can take a while to consume them all -- so do you freeze some or do they survive long in the fridge?

    On a separate note, I'm Lizzie's husband (from the Elizabeth Turner and Brian Smith wedding), and she and I are utterly infatuated with all the design and print work that you did for us. You have an amazing aesthetic and talent, and thank you for everything!

  2. thanks brian! actually i just keep them in the cupboard... probably should refrigerate them. my husband eats them like they are going out of style, so i make them at least every couple of weeks. i am not a food scientist, but i am sure the freezer thing would work fine, but the fridge is probably sufficient considering the ingredients.
    congrats on your wedding... i heard it was stunning. it was truly a treat and my pleasure to work with someone with such creative ideas and impeccable taste. i saw a picture of lizzies dress, and i think it is burned into my mind. gorgeous. i can't wait to see photos of the entire event.