These trail snacks burst with flavor, and energy. Best Bonker Bars are sure to make you go berserk! They're quick, easy, no-bake, highly customizable, and fun to make. Cleanup is a breeze too.
Step 1: BOM
Bill o' Materials:
- Peanut Butter
- Instant Oatmeal
- Dried berries
- Instant coffee
- Cast iron pan
- Pie pan
- Parchment/Wax paper
Step 2: Peanut Butter Melting
Throw a good glob of peanut butter in a small ~quartish size pot. (1cup or so P.B.) Melt it on med-low or so for a few minutes.(Too high heat will burn and possibly smoke.) The resulting consistency will be liquid with a lustrous glisten to it.
Step 3: Throw All the Extras In
Now that the peanut butter is nice and fluid, add all the good stuff to it! You can add whatever you have on hand, or change the flavor up with whatever you want. For this batch, I used honey. Brown rice syrup can be substituted, or maple syrup too. I like to add dried berries for a nice tart flavor(~1/4 cup). Oats are a must though, they help sustain energy needed for long days out on the trail. One can use granola instead of oats, but granola tends to have extra sugar added to it. Change the recipe to how you like, I just eyeball all the ingredients. Add enough oats to make a softball sized ball that is of play-dough consistency. If oats start to flake off, this is a good indicator that there is enough of them. I like adding instant coffee for that extra punch to catalyze my metabolism. I have added cinnamon which makes for a different flavor profile(My next batch I'll try pumpkin powder). Puffed rice cereal can add a nice crunch to the texture.
Big ball of oats and peanut butter is finished, time to press it into form.
Step 4: Parchment Paper Press
Rip off 2 squares of parchment paper that will fit on the inside of the pan. Put the peanut butter ball in the center. (Use a spatula to retrieve it if you need.-It'll be warm/hot so be careful) Now put the other piece of parchment paper on top of the ball and place the cake pan on top of the parchment paper. Have some fun hopping on it! This helps to compress the ingredients into a nice thin sheet to be cut into shapes later.
Step 5: Fridge It!
Throw the whole assembly into the fridge and let it chill for an hour or so.
Step 6: Cut It Up
After about an hour, the peanut butter should be solidified. I like to call this stage a peanut butter pie. Cut the bars up however you'd like. They're ready for the next adventure that awaits you. Now go out and explore!