All-Natural Energy Bars

These energy bars were devised to get away from the High Fructose Corn Syrup/Gluten/oil leaden granola bars. These are more about whole foods and natural sweeters and oils (from peanuts).

1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup dried pineapple
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried papaya
1/2 cup powdered nonfat dry milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup barley malt syrup
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 tsp salt dissolved in 1/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the first 10 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Use your own judgement how fine you want the largest bit of fruit and nuts.
Add the remaining ingredients to a saucepan and place over medium low heat. Stir until melted. Use a wisk to mix. Use a large spoon to combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Roll the “dough” out between sheets of parchment paper to a thickness of about 3/8″.
Bake until just done, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 squares.

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