Tuesday, April 30, 2013

No-Bake Energy Bars

Feel free to experiment with a variety of dried fruit and nuts. I spread the batter in a loaf pan and cut it into six bars.

No-Bake Energy Bars

1 cup oats, uncooked
1/3 cup dried fruit (any kind)
1/3 cup chopped nuts (any kind) 
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all together and spread in pan and refrigerate for 2 hours. 

Slice into bars and store in the fridge.

Delicious Low-Sugar Muffins

These are wonderfully moist muffins with a sweetness from applesauce and fruit. Enjoy!

Low-Sugar Muffins

4 Tbl. butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
6 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
2 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, etc.) OR fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins (10-12 muffin cups) or line with paper liners.

Combine softened butter, egg, applesauce, yogurt, and vanilla. Mix well.

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a second bowl. Add fruit and nuts.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

Spoon into muffin tins. (I used my large cookie scoop.) Bake 20-22 minutes. Remove immediately from muffin tins and place on a wire rack to cool.

Makes 10-12

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