I found these when I was flipping through magazines on the cardio machine at the gym. They're natural, preservative-free energy bars. I love that! It's natural energy without all the added junk. Plus, if I make 'em my pre-gym or post-gym snack, on a hard-workout day, they're like freebies.
I'm a little in love with the versatility of the recipe too -- I had to tweak it a bit because I was out of some of the ingredients -- so mine's half almond butter and half peanut butter, instead of all peanut butter, and it's half almonds and half dates because that's what I had on hand. It's still sticky, gooey, delicious :)
High Energy Bars
Makes: 16 servings
1 cup natural peanut butter (salt-free, sugar-free)
1 cup honey
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (uncooked rolled oats)
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Combine peanut butter and honey in a large saucepan and melt over low heat until runny.
Peanut butter and honey, before melting / dried ingredients before mixing
Mix in all dried ingredients, stirring until everything is well coated.
Line a 9x9-inch pan with waxed paper. Press mixture into the pan and let cool.
Cut into 16 bars.
Source: Oxygen Magazine, Spring 2009
(For the record, I work out, but I'll never be that hardcore!)