Home-baked energy bars and healthy snacks - Matisse & Jack's wants to bring energy bars out of the preserved package and into your kitchen. We tried their Chocolate Chip Energy Bar Mix, and we have a box of their Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Energy Bar Mix to give away to one reader.
To enter: Post a comment in this thread before tomorrow, Friday, October 19 at 5pm Eastern time. Your comment should include a good food tip for keeping your energy up in these colder, rainy days. We'll choose a qualified entrant at random. The winning reader will be asked to submit a review and several photos of the baking mix in use and after baking.
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We were impressed by the ease with which these came together. There are multiple options for mixing them up - you can use applesauce, or vanilla yogurt, or keep them less sweet with plain yogurt. They mix up in literally under a minute. You put them in a greased pan and bake for half an hour.
The result is sweet and slightly tangy (we used plain organic yogurt). They taste better when cool, and the flaxseeds and oatmeal give a nutty crunch. They also hold together well, with a firm, browned top and bottom and chewy center.
If you are someone who likes energy bars, then we would recommend this mix; the $5.99 spent on a mix with no preservatives or trans-fats is worth it. Considering that many bars sell for $1.29 or more, the 9-12 bars that you'll get out of this mix is a better deal. They also are quite filling! The taste isn't as appealing as some bars (think Odwalla) but we might experiment with some mix-ins and see how that affects them. They suggest adding peanut butter or dried fruit.
We're looking forward to one lucky reader's review!
Last week we gave away three Plastic Bag Rehab totes filled with method home products. The lucky winners were nycek, leanneabe, and meeralee. Congrats!