Let's be realistic. Being the mother of a newborn means a lot, but one thin in particular: exhaustion. Even if I have not slept two hours straight since my baby arrived (I'm not complaining, it's all worth it!), I make sure that I'm surrounded by healthy snacks to fuel my days and nights. The truth is that I really have no time to bake right now!
To make these energy bars you'll need just a couple of minutes and no heat at all. Hello, afternoon nap! Relax, cut them into slices and leave them ready for whenever you need a quick and nutritious snack for your crazy early maternity days.
And do you know what the best part is? They're delicious. And they are packed with fibre, protein, and, best of all, lots of taste! If you are breastfeeding, like me, you'll love the fact that they are loaded with oats, which favours your milk production. You can substitute the chocolate chips for raisins or chopped dates if you're not that much into chocolate.
2 ½ cups (225 gr) rolled oats
½ cup (125 gr) peanut butter (or any kind of butter)
1/3 cup (115 gr) honey
½ cup (75 gr) raisins
½ cup (80 gr) chopped dates
½ cup (15 gr) sweetened corn flakes
1 teaspoon (5 ml) hazelnut extract
1 teaspoon (5 gr) salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spread them evenly on a 20 by 20 cm (8 by 8 inch) baking dish. You can use a larger dish if you want thinner bars. Let stand for 30 minutes, then cut it into bars. If you prefer, you can simply roll them up in little balls instead.
These quantities yield between 15 and 20 bars, depending on which size you cut them. I leave mine in the fridge to grab during the day whenever I need a bit of extra energy. They are great for snacking on while you breastfeed your kid at night too!
Some ways to customise these energy bars would be adding chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried banana chips, apricots, vanilla extract, sea salt, flax seeds or wheat germ.
And one last piece of advice: you can freeze these bars too. If you want to make a few batches at once, you can save them for weeks afterwards.