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No Bake Tropical Energy Bars (with coffee crunch)

No Bake Tropical Energy Bars are made from rolled oats, tropical dried fruit mix, and cashew nuts. They're quick to prepare yet loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. They can both be served for breakfast and as a snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • For the tropical energy bars:
  • 2 cups rolled oats uncooked
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Tropical dried fruit mix (raisins, dried pineapple and papaya, coconut and banana chips) or other dried fruits of your choice
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nut halves and pieces
  • For the coffee crunch : OPTIONAL
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoon instant coffee dissolved into 1 teaspoon room temp water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional

Instructions

  1. To prepare the energy bars: Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, cinnamon, dried fruit mix, and cashews together in a medium bowl. Line a 8x8-inch baking dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper and press bar mixture into the pan. Using the back of a spatula, press into a flat, uniform layer. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  2. If desired, with 8 to 10 minutes left to go, remove bar from the freezer, and prepare the coffee crunch. Stir in the honey and dissolved coffee into a small nonstick pan. Let cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, over medium-low heat for about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla if desired. Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes (being careful not to let mixture harden at this point).
  3. Cut into 12 bars and serve! OR drizzle with the coffee mixture if desired. In the latter case, place energy bar pan back into the freezer for another 5 to 10 minutes or until coffee mixture has solidified (it should become like a hard coffee "toffee"). Serve and enjoy!
  4. Energy bars can also be wrapped individually in plastic wrap for storage in the refrigerator (best) or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

HOW TO CLEAN PAN AND SPOON (if making the coffee crunch): After drizzling the energy bars with the coffee mixture, fill pan with water and boil over high heat with wooden spoon in for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let pan and spoon sit for about 10 minutes. Pour water out, rinse both pan and spoon with warm water, and wash both with detergent and a dish sponge.