Perfect Purse Snacks: Maple Energy Bars

I recently attended the fabulous Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference and sampled some seriously tasty Maple Energy Squares provided by Canada Maple Syrup. It was a welcome snack to stay alert during afternoon presentations.

They sent us with the recipe along with some Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.

Now it’s time for me to be honest. I am really unfamiliar with real maple syrup. It seemed so expensive and snooty. After sampling the syrup I was truly amazed. It is SO good.

Their website brags that “pure maple syrup has the same beneficial classes of antioxidant compounds found in berries, tomatoes, tea, red wine, whole wheat and flax seed.” Cool.

I went home and tested the bars on my own little monsters. Three cheers from them. These are perfect to pack in your purse when you are running errands. Instead of going for the free cookie at the grocery store, pull out your own naturally sweetened Maple Energy Bar.

Here is the recipe approved by acclaimed Sports Nutritionist, Barbara Lewin. 

Maple Energy Squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 yummy squares

Maple Energy Squares

Ingredients

  • Maple Energy Squares
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (I used old-fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup (I used 1/2 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots (I only had dried apricots so I did a full cup)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a food processor, combine oats, dry milk, sunflower seeds, flour, maple syrup, and eggs.
  • Puree until almost smooth, about 10 seconds.
  • Stir in dried fruit and almonds.
  • Turn into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle with coconut.
  • Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown and bars are set.

2 Comment

  1. Shanti says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us! I had these at the conference and they were delicious 😀

  2. They turned out nicely!!! We’re glad you enjoyed the snack, and thanks for sharing. 🙂

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