I used to live in Columbia, Missouri, where I frequented the Saturday morning farmers’ market. I’d usually show up after a long run, which meant I was hungry. Really hungry. And I discovered there was nothing more satisfying after pounding the pavement for a dozen-plus miles than a huge (I’m actually embarrassed to admit how huge) helping of watermelon, followed soon thereafter by a granola bar from local Uprise Bakery. These $2.50 chunks of goodness were an amazing blend of peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats, honey, cranberries, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and a few other ingredients that I could never seem to recreate in my own kitchen.
Until recently. Moving to New Mexico meant no more Uprise, so I took matters into my own hands. Literally. Months later, I give you Whitney’s Everything Energy Bars, which—I think—are even better than their inspiration. Enjoy.
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 2 cups smooth, natural peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first nine ingredients (sunflower seeds through cranberries).
- In a large sauce pan, combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt.
- Stir over medium heat until smooth.
- Remove from stove. Pour dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
- Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking pan.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cool completely and cut into 16 bars.
568 calories, 39 grams fat, 15 grams protein.
Whitney Dreier is the assistant editor for Outside’s winter Buyer’s Guide.