There is something to be said for simplicity. It is no different in the energy bar world. I prefer homemade bars to store bought, but sometimes the time and effort involved begins to take it's toll. When I have to spend more time preparing for adventures, I lose valuable time in the backcountry. These bars are the anomaly. Easy to make, easy to eat and nutritious. The recipe below is for a double batch, which will make 20 bars equivalent to the size of a Lara Bar.
Things You Will Need:
- 1 Cup of Honey
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter (I prefer smooth)
- 4 Cups of Oats
- 1 Cup of Raisins
- Wax Paper/Parchment Paper
- Bring the honey to a boil for 2 mins.
- Mix the raisins and oats in a large bowl.
- Remove the honey from the heat and mix in the peanut butter. Make sure to stir well.
- Mix the peanut butter/honey mixture with the oats/raisin mixture. Make sure to scrap the sides and mix quickly.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper (any size, just make sure it is at least a 1/2' deep. Press the mixture into the sheet using a separate piece of wax paper. Once mixture is pressed, place in fridge to cool down.
- Once cool, remove from baking sheet and cut into desired size. I use a Lara Bar as a template and normally package two bars in one snack size ziplock.
The bars are best kept in the freezer or fridge to extend their life. In the field they do soften in the heat, but never become unmanageable. The soft, chewy texture always remains.