Pilot’s Energy Bars

While flying home from Florida I sat next to an off duty
pilot. He pulled out a chocolate covered bar which he ate during the flight. We
got to talking and he said when he flies he takes all his food with him from
home. He eats 2 of these bars each day – they were about 2” X 3.” He even
carries a small blender and makes a “green smoothie” every evening. He shared
the recipe for his bars with me by pulling up the recipe on his phone and I
took photos of it. Here it is replicated. He also said the bars were crumbly!
1 3/4 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. almond flour or oat flour or protein powder
2/3 c. raw pecans, chopped
2/3 c. raw almonds, chopped
1 c. mini-chocolate chips
8 tb. Melted butter (1/2 c.)
Heat oven to 325˚. Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining with
parchment paper that extends up the sides.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients – oats,
flour/or protein powder, cinnamon, salt. Add chopped nuts, coconut and
chocolate chips. Mix well to combine. I like to put on food service gloves and
mix with my hands.
In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter. Add honey, maple
syrup, molasses, egg and vanilla. Stir it all up. It may not combine well but
that’s ok. Pour into dry ingredients and combine it until everything is well
mixed and moist. This is where glove covered hands excel.
Dump the mixture into the parchment lined pan. Spread in
into an even layer and press it down well.
Bake in 325˚ oven for 25-35 minutes until it is light golden
brown. In my oven 25 minutes would have been preferable. Cool.
When cool, melt 1 c. of chocolate chips, dipping chocolate
or whatever kind of chocolate you want on top. Spread evenly over the top. Put
in freezer for 30 minutes to set chocolate. Take out of freezer, pick up
parchment paper and move the bars to a cutting board. Cut into squares or
rectangles. Wrap in plastic wrap.
Mom’s notes: When baked for 25 minutes, this is just right. It’s good with or without the chocolate topping. They last for weeks on the counter, or can be frozen or refrigerated. I sometimes top with melting wafers; there is then no need to do anything to solidify the chocolate.

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