Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Homemade Clif Bars (No Bake!)

I made these energy bars for our road trip to West Virginia this past weekend. They were dynamite! These were like pimped-out rice crispy treats, with lots of wholesome ingredients. I think kids would really like these too.

Homemade Clif Bars (see original recipe and variations here at the Enlightened Cooking blog)
Makes 16 bars (3 WeightWatchers pointsplus value per bar)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried fruit (e.g., raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc.) (Note: I omitted this)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts or seeds (pepitas are great)
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (preferably natural, well-stirred, but creamy is fine, too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine the rice cereal, oats, flaxseed meal, and nuts in a large bowl.

Combine the syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and well blended (alternatively microwave in small microwave-safe bowl 30-60 seconds until melted). Stir in vanilla until blended.

Pour nut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated (use a wooden spoon at first, then mix with your hands). Press mixture firmly into a greased 8-inch square pan using a large square of wax paper (really tamp it down). Cool in pan on a wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes to help it set. Cut into 16 bars. (Wrap bars tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator).


  1. these sound great, and i love how you used the phrase "pimped out" lol...

    but 1 question - is there a way to get the rice crispy without buying cereal from the store? I think crisped rice products at the store are loaded with chemical additives and preservatives to extend shelf life. i have no idea how to "puff rice" - any idea you do?

  2. Those look fantastic! And I love that they're no-cook...who wants to turn on the oven in July? Well I do anyways, but still. :) Will definitely make these!

  3. I just checked my box of Trader Joe's crisp rice cereal. It says it has "no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives." I couldn't find the ingredient list online to post though.

  4. Great idea. I stopped eating those things with their uber-ingredient lists, but I do like them.