Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Energy Bars and Cocoa Muffins

I spent my snow day doing some experimental baking.  I tried to recipes from Clean Eating Quick Easy Meals and had to some improvising due to the ingredients that I had on hand.  The energy bars were REALLY good!  The cocoa muffins were okay....they aren't sweet, which I like, but they taste a little too healthy for most people.

Cocoa Muffins

Energy Bars
Cocoa Muffins (makes 40 mini muffins or 12 regular muffins)
  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (i used almond milk)
  • 3 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins (i used golden)
  • I also added 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tin with paper cups
  • In large bowl, combine oats and next five ingredients.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together egg, applesauce, almond milk, agave, and oil. 
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture.  Stir just until all dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in raisins and chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until tops spring back when touched lightly.  
Energy Bars (makes 16 bars)
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Combine peanut butter and honey in large nonstick pot and heat on low until runny.  
  • Mix in the oatmeal, dates, and nuts.  Stir until all ingredients are well covered.
  • Line a 9x9 inch pan with waxed paper.  Press the mixture into the pan.  Let cool, and then cut into 16 bars.

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