Beth Bars v. 1

Recently, my quest to replace our processed food has continued to energy bars.  Dan used to buy armloads of Clif and Power Bars every time we went to Sam's Club, but that started to get expensive, and I noticed that many energy bars have a long list of unpronounceable ingredients.   With this in mind, I set out to make a natural, calorie-dense energy bar replacement.  I quickly discovered that this was going to be a challenge, especially since he doesn’t love peanut butter.  I have been trying out a few different recipes lately and each one has passed the taste test.  Unfortunately, they all tend to run a bit lower than store-bought energy bars in the protein department.
I’ve decided to start simple and try to add new flavor combinations.  Chocolate and caramels are an easy crowd pleaser but I’d like to branch out.  Any suggestions?

2 cups oatmeal
1 cups coconut
1 cups almonds
1/2 cup wheat bran
6 Tbsp flax meal
4 Tbsp chia seeds
1 1/3 cups chocolate chips
1 cup caramels
3/4 honey

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the oats, coconut and almonds in a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine wheat bran, flax, chia, chocolate chips and caramels. Stir to combine and pour the honey in while stirring. 

Pour the ingredients in a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet (I used the same one as before).  Take a silicon spatula and press the ingredients into bars.  Make sure that you press the bars down tightly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let it cool completely (30 minutes or so) before you cut it into bars.  Since I was making these for Dan, I cut them into large pieces, but they could be cut smaller to lower the calories.

Nutritionals: (Serves 21): Cals: 295, Fat: 15, Carb: 43, Fiber: 5, Protein: 4