Sunday, August 7, 2011

Home made breakfast / energy bars

It can be tough to find something quick, easy, and nutritious for breakfast.  Most of the time I am in the habit of not eating much of anything before a morning run, it just doesn't seem like there is enough time to digest anything from the time you wake up until the time you hit the pavement.

I think I have found a solution! I stumbled across this recipe on one of my favorite recipe sites, This is a great place to see how other people rate, prepare, and tweak recipes submitted by others. The recipe I found is called Jo-Ann's Power Bars. You can check it out here and see what other people thought about it too. These bars taste awesome, digest easily, and are a great natural energy boost. My wife and I ate the first batch in about two days. She liked them so much she made a second batch and added some coconut. The other nice thing about these bars is that you can easily add, substitute, or change just about any one of the ingredients. I suggest you try the original recipe first and then tweak it to your liking.

Good luck and let me know what you think!

Jo-Ann's Power Bars


  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat and barley nugget cereal (e.g. Grape-Nuts™)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag chopped dried mixed fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, cereal, and cinnamon. Add the egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil. Mix well. Stir in the sunflower seeds, walnuts, and dried fruit. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned around the edges. Let cool. Use the foil to lift from the pan. Cut into bars or squares, and store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe12

Amount Per Serving 
Calories from Fat59

 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.6g10 %
Saturated Fat 0.9g4 %
Cholesterol 18mg6 %
Sodium 40mg2 %
Potassium 239mg7 %
Total Carbohydrates 33.4g11 %
** Dietary Fiber 2.3g9 %
Protein 4.1g8 %
** Sugars 10.4g
Vitamin A10 %
Vitamin C1 %
Calcium3 %
Iron26 %
** Thiamin18 %
Niacin18 %
Vitamin B610 %
Magnesium15 %
Folate14 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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