How to make a homemade energy bar

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some people argue energy bars sold on store shelves are full of sugar and do more bad for you than good. So today, a local chef showed us how to make one from scratch.

Max Sanger from Johnson and Wales University visited the set of WBTV News at Noon to show John Carter which ingredients go into making the healthy treat. The recipe and cooking instructions are below. Enjoy!

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

1/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried pitted dates

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup pure organic Honey

2 large eggs


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Place oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, flour, fruit, almonds, dry milk, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped and well blended.

Add Honey and eggs and pulse until everything is well blended.

Spread the thick batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Allow to cool and a wire rack on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cut bars into desired size and shape.

Once they are completely cool, you can store these fruity, nutty, chewy, healthy granola bars in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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