Make your own energy bars

Donna, a charter member of the Training Table, sends us this:

Art Eggertsen is the founder of Pro-Bar. Below is one of his recipes for some great protein-rich calorie grenade. One bar is enough for a meal.

1.5 lbs chopped dates
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp fresh orange zest or Grand Marnier (my choice) or 1/4 tsp orange extract
1/4 tsp seat salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 c dried currants or other dried fruit
1/2 c chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds
1/2 c of your favorite granola or toasted oats (try this homemade one)

1. Chop the dates and combine them with the maple syrup, vanilla, orange, salt and spices.
2. Stir in the currants, nuts and granola until you have a firm consistency
3. On a lightly oiled baking sheet, roll out the mixture to a uniform thickness of about 1/2 inch
4. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes then cut into bars.

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