8.25.2010

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!