Energy Bars Recipe {Recipe Redux}

by Jennifer Lynn-Pullman on August 21, 2014

Energy Bars

I have wanted to attempt my own energy bars for a while.  I love KIND granola bars, but they can get expensive.  For this months Recipe Redux Challenge: Bars & Bites for Brown Bags, we were challenged to create something small and full of goodness for our lunch boxes.  

“Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.”

Granola/Energy Bars are perfect!  I searched online for a lot of recipes.  The one recipe I liked the most was from the Minimalist Baker.  I wanted to try to make the energy bar with no added sugar, but my attempt at this did not work out so well.  The bars fell apart.  Round two with some brown sugar worked out much better.

energy bar ingredients

Many recipes instruct you to toast the rolled oats. I also toasted the peanuts and almonds I chose to use to increase their flavor. In one attempt I left the pan in the oven too long and the peanuts started to get very brown, which I didn’t enjoy. Slightly toasted them for 10 minutes gave them a flavor I preferred.


I love dates and have been experimenting with them more as a sweeter.  I soaked these dates in water over night to soften them.  These particular dates were not pitted as I found out when I tried to puree them.  Check for pits!  Thankfully I didn’t ruin my food processor. Soaked dates can easily be pureed using about 1-2 tablespoons of the water you used to soak them.

Date paste

Date puree can be placed back into your refrigerator if you have any left to use for other recipes.  I pureed about a dozen dates, which gave me about 1 1/2 cups of date puree.

Energy Bar

I love chocolate, if you have not guessed that yet!. I added mini chocolate chips to the energy bar ingredients. If you want them in their original form mix them in last so they don’t melt. I mixed them in with everything else, so the mini chips melted in with the other ingredients.

Energy Bar

I melted the brown sugar with the peanut butter in a small pot.  Then I added the oats, nuts, and chocolate chips and stirred until all the ingredients were combined.

Energy Bar

I lined a 13×9 inch glass dish with plastic wrap.  Spread the energy bar into the pan, pressing the energy bar ingredients flat. Bars will end up about 1/2 inch thick.  Place the dish into the freezer for at least 2 hours until set.


When the energy bars are set, cut them into squares. I was able to get about 18, 2 inch squares, out of the batch. The bars can be kept in the freezer to keep them fresh. 

Energy Bar


Jennifer's Lunch Bag

Here is a picture of my lunch one day last week.  I take an energy bar out of the freezer in the morning before I leave for the hospital.  The bar is thawed by the time I am ready to enjoy it.

Energy Bars


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup lightly salted peanuts
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Toast oats, almonds, and peanuts in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
  2. Process nuts in a food processor to chop nuts to desired size.
  3. In a saucepan combine peanut butter and brown sugar.
  4. Cook until sugar dissolves.
  5. Add oats, almonds, peanuts and chocolate chips to peanut butter mixture.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour into a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap.
  8. Place energy bar into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until set.
  9. Cut into squares.
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Chicken with Mushroom Rice {emeals recipe}

by Jennifer Lynn-Pullman on August 18, 2014

Chicken and Mushroom Rice Bake

Today is my son’s 11th birthday. Through the years he has been a picky eater. When he was 18 months old he went on a cruise with us. On a cruise there is tons of food and pretty much anything you could possible want. He lived on Cheerios, which we brought on to the ship with us, and watermelon!  The older he gets the better of an eater he has become.  He is my vegetable eater, whereas my daughter is the fruit eater.  Tyler loves chicken and rice.  He commented when I made the Chicken and Mushroom Rice recipe from eMeals that he liked the recipe and I should make it again. So, I thought is was share worthy if Tyler approved!

Chicken and Mushroom Rice Bake

Chicken with Mushroom Rice is a great one pan meal.  Although you do need to brown the chicken first, so you do actually dirty two pans.  All the ingredients get combined though in one baking pan by the end.  The recipe was really easy to make and tasted great.  

All of eMeals main dish recipes come with a side dish recipe as well.  I usually do not make the side, but this time I did. Lemon peas you can see in the first photo.  Tyler likes peas, but was not a fan of the lemon flavor.

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Chicken with Mushroom Rice {emeals}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Calories per serving: 407


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 2 (14-oz) cans 99% fat-free beef broth
  • 2 (8-oz) packages sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 bone-in skinless chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 lbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine rice, broth, mushrooms, shallot, thyme, 2 tablespoons oil and butter in a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. Cover and bake 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Brown chicken 3 minutes per side.
  7. Arrange chicken breasts over rice mixture in baking dish.
  8. Cover and bake for 45 minutes longer or until chicken is done and rice is tender.
  9. Divide chicken and rice mixture into 6 servings.


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 Happy Birthday Tyler!




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