Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
I made these for my fiance because we can't afford to buy him all the "nutritional energy bars" he needs to sustain him through all his cycling endeavors. He loves them, says they are much better than storebought, and I've eaten a couple and I can vouch for their taste: it is excellent!
- 24 dried figs
- 1⁄3 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons orange juice (out of this, used grapefruit juice!)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1⁄2 cups unbleached flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1⁄4 cup dark corn syrup (since I was out of this, I subbed 1/2 light corn syrup and 1/2 molasses. Turned out same as when I u)
- 2 egg whites
- 1⁄2 cup oat bran (I have also used wheat bran, and I usually use at least a cup!)
- Add figs, honey, orange juice, and 2 tbsp lemon juice to food processor and chop until fig bits are finely cut.
- Set aside.
- Put all other ingredients (except oat bran) in mixing bowl.
- Beat with electric mixer for 34 minutes at medium speed.
- Add fig mixture and beat until everyting blends.
- Roll 2024 balls and coat with oat bran poured on a plate.
- Place balls on pan and bake at 350º for 10 minutes, or until they are warm and a bit puffy.
- Place in refrigerator to harden.
- For crunchier texture, bake 25 minutes longer, or until dough is thoroughly cooked.
- (This is what the original recipe recommends, but I usually end up baking mine at leaset 20 minutes, until the tops of the balls crack a little.) Once made, I usually freeze them.
- they can thaw while you're running or biking!
These are really good - much better than the ones in stores. Your crazy husband is right about something for once!