We received an anonymous request during our contest from a reader who is looking for a "recipe for raw energy bars for kids lunches."
Here is a recipe for our family favorite, compliments of Wondertime Magazine, September 2008:
"These wholesome little snacks are simple to make and rival cookie dough eaten right out of the bowl (not that we'd do that). The easiest way to make them is to combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer, but the fun way is to push up your kid's sleeves and let her mush it all by hand."
Makes 40-48 cookies
Mix together 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup honey until smooth. Gradually add in 3 cups old fashioned oats and 1/2 cup ground flaxseed. Add 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup any combination of nuts and soft dried fruit(try 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts and 1/4 cup each of raisins and dried cranberries) and mix gently in your stand mixer or smush together by hand.
Roll into Ping-Pong-size balls and, for maximum presentation value, put in paper mini muffin cups. You can eat them right away, but they'll be less sticky after a night in the fridge. They freeze well too, layered on wax.
AND HERE'S ANOTHER RECIPE FROM OUR LIBRARY FOR AN ENERGY BAR USING SOYNUT BUTTER , COMPLIMENTS OF NOB HILL FOODS:Energy Bars