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DH loves energy bars such as Clif Bar (especially a special edition that is no longer sold – tears) but since I’m trying to tighten up the budget the next few months his addiction has to be restrained. Sometimes I feel as though people get attached to easy access pre-packaged items merely out of repetition instead of necessity. Before all you energy bar fans out there protest, I really don’t have an issue with energy bars just when someone eats them once or more a day. Energy bars are wonderful snacks to replenish the body without going into starvation mode throughout those busy days when 3 course meals just aren’t enough.

Genki Kitty Energy Bars- all natural

½ c brown rice syrup
1 c rolled oats
½ c dried figs (or even raisins)
½ c almonds (or other nuts), chopped or sliced
¼ c chopped dates

1. Heat the brown rice syrup in a pot over the stove until warmed thoroughly through. (Note: You could probably do this in the microwave too!)
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir until combined.
3. Pour into a square baking pan or other dish that has been lined with parchment paper.
4. Place in the fridge for about 1 hour before serving. (This helps cool the ingredients down and makes it easier to cut.)

Note: I found it was easiest to wrap the bars with parchment paper to keep them from sticking together after cut into bars. I have them stored in the fridge for my husband to eat whenever necessary.