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Energy Boost Bars

These energy boost bars are simple to make and great if you need a hit of energy. Protein rich nuts and seeds along side fuelling oats make the perfect pick-me-up.

Makes 12-16

Ingredients

  • 125g (½ cup) vegan butter
  • 125g (½ cup) 100% peanut butter
  • 150g (3½ cups) soft brown sugar
  • 50ml (¼ cup) maple syrup
  • Orange and lemon zest, finely grated
  • 150g (½ cup) soft dried apricots, chopped
  • 50g (½ cup) dried goji berries
  • 100g (1 cup) mixed seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin, flax or chia
  • 250g (1⅔ cups) rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (Gas Mark 4, 340°F) and line a rectangular tin with baking paper.
  2. In a heavy based pan, gently heat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, maple syrup and zests until melted and evenly combined.
  3. Mix together the oats, seeds and dried fruit in a large bowl and add the sugar and butter mixture.
  4. Finally, add the mashed banana and mix everything together thoroughly until well combined.
  5. Pour into the lined baking dish and press well into the sides and on top with the back of a spoon to compress.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 mins until golden.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin, cut into squares, and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Per 100g Calories: 376, Carbohydrates: 43.0g, Sugars: 26.0g, Fat: 17.0g, Saturates: 3.6g, Protein: 9.4g, Salt: 0.29g

Taken from September 2017 (Issue 30) Vegan Life Magazine

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