Friday, November 26, 2010

Healthful Bars

Alton B Healthy Bars
4 ounces soy protein powder, approximately 1 cup
2 1/4 ounces oat bran, approximately 1/2 cup
2 3/4 ounces whole-wheat flour, approximately 1/2 cup
3/4-ounce wheat germ, approximately 1/4 cup
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 ounces raisins, approximately 1/2 cup
2 1/2 ounces dried cherries, approximately 1/2 cup
3 ounces dried blueberries, approximately 1/2 cup
2 1/2 ounces dried apricots, approximately 1/2 cup
1 (12.3-ounce) package soft silken tofu
1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice
4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/2 cup packed
2 large whole eggs, beaten
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
Canola oil, for pan
Line the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly coat with canola oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, oat bran, wheat flour, wheat germ, and salt. Set aside.
Coarsely chop the raisins, dried cherries, blueberries and apricots and place in a small bowl and set aside.
In a third mixing bowl, whisk the tofu until smooth. Add the apple juice, brown sugar, eggs, and peanut butter, 1 at a time, and whisk to combine after each addition. Add this to the protein powder mixture and stir well to combine. Fold in the dried fruit. Spread evenly in the prepared baking dish and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees F. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

1 1/2 c. quick oatmeal
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. wheat germ
1/2 c. chunky peanut butter
1/2 c. ground peanut
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Shape into long roll. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until hard.

2 c. quick rolled oats
2/3 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
1/3 c. melted butter
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 c. raisins
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. flour
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix all ingredients together lightly and press firmly into well greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool. Cut into bars.

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. honey
3 eggs, unbeaten
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. unsifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple and juice
1 c. grated zucchini, unpeeled
1/2 c. grated carrots, uncooked
1/2 c. seedless raisins
1 c. chopped nuts
1/4 c. milk
In large bowl combine sugar, oil, honey, eggs and vanilla. Beat 30 seconds. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, soda, salt and wheat germ, mixing well.
Stir in undrained pineapple. Blend in zucchini, carrots, raisins and nuts. Stir in milk. Spread into greased and floured 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until done. Cool; cut into 48 bars and store in refrigerator.

This recipe is very flexible and no need to bake! Combine in a large greased bowl:

10-12 dry ingredients, usually & approx.
6 c. Triples cereal
2 c. oatmeal
1 c. sunflower seeds (usually not roasted or salted, sold in bulk at health food stores)
1 c. raisins
1 c. chocolate chips

The extra cup could be chopped nuts, coconut, wheat germ, Grapenuts cereal or anything else you may be craving (within some amount of reason).
Melt in a saucepan and stir often until smooth:

1 bag marshmallows
1/4 c. butter
1 lg. blob peanut butter (approx. 1/2 c.)
1/4 c. honey or molasses

Pour the melted ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until well combined. The chocolate chips will melt some, but that's ok.
Now turn this into a greased jelly roll pan and spread it out slightly. Cover with a sheet of waxed paper and roll the bars out flat in the pan with a rolling pin. Lift the waxed paper off and cut into squares, I use a pizza cutter which is quick and easy.

Now cover again and let refrigerate to set. Then place in airtight containers or wrap up. These are great for picnics, travel, camping and of course those days we crave everything!

1 pkg. spice cake
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 c. molasses
1/4 c. orange juice
2 eggs
2 tbsp. salad oil
1 c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts
Blend well. Spread in well greased pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and cut into 2 1/2 inch bars.

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