Hey there! Hope you had a fun and restful weekend. To kick off this week I want to share with you a twist on this recipe that I previously posted. It's yummy as originally written, but I created this modification in response to a need I commonly see in the young athletes I encounter. Lately as I've been working with young athletes, I realize that we often talk a lot about ways to pack nutrition and /or energy into small quantities. That's because one of the obstacles with young athletes can be getting enough calories and good nutrition in them throughout the course of their busy days and jam-packed schedules. Breakfast has to be quick, lunch is short, snacks need to be easy.
With that in mind, I decided to re-make my Cherry Sun Butter Squares but this time double the recipe. I tried them this weekend and loved them just as much as the original recipe. The taste was the same but they were denser so more to bite into. And being thicker, or denser, than the original recipe, made it a little easier to cut them into squares, not crumbling as much when I sliced through them (there will be some crumbling b/c there is no flour, egg, butter, etc. in these). If you or your young athlete have trouble getting a bite in before running out the door in the morning or if your young athlete doesn't have a huge appetite in the morning, these could be an easy solution. Now that I've doubled the recipe you get more "bang for your buck". They are great either way, but if you're having trouble getting enough breakfast in the morning, these bars, or something like them (because you can create your own variety with your favorite dried fruits, nut / seed butters), could be a great option.
The doubled recipe is below. For my initial post with step-by-step pictures of how I put it all together, click the link here!
SUN BUTTER QUARES: FOR THE ATHLETE THAT NEEDS MORE
2 cups rolled oats (quick cooking)
1 cup Sun Butter
1/4 cup (or 4 tablespoons) dry milk powder
1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped
1/2 - 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (or 4 tablespoons) honey
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Mix ingredients together with a rubber spatula until well-incorporated (can also use a fork).
Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper ( I actually used an 8" x 8.5")
Spread oat - Sun Butter mixture out evenly along bottom of dish, making sure to get to all sides and corners
Cover dish and place in the freezer. Allow to rest in the freezer for at least 3 hours. I leave mine in the freezer overnight.
When ready, bring dish out of the freezer and lift up the bars with the parchment paper, placing parchment paper and bars on a flat surface.
Run a sharp knife through hot water and then blot carefully to remove excess water. Making the knife really hot will make it easier to slice through the cold bars.
Slice evenly into 9 individual bars.
Serve bars immediately or wrap, individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer so that squares are ready to go as you need them!
Hope you and your family enjoy these bars as much as we do!