Friday, May 31, 2013

Pecan Power Bars

I love making things that travel well so that they can hold up to Sir Knight's lunchbox.  Many cookies crumble and other deserts are too messy to take on the road.  While looking for something with a little punch (protein) to fill hungry tummies, I came across this power-packed treat.  I think these bars are better the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th...) day because the flavors have had a change to mingle.

If you are planning a hiking trip or other strenuous outdoor pursuit, you might want to consider making a batch of these protein filled bars.  You will not be disappointed.

Pecan Power Bars

1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 C flour (white or whole wheat or oat)

1 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C butter
1/4 C honey
1/2 C heavy cream (condensed milk, milk)
4 C pecans, chopped

Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil;  butter the foil on the bottom and sides.

For the Base:
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with brown sugar.  Add egg yolk and mix well.  Gradually add the flour.  Press into your prepared pan and bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

For the Filling:
In a saucepan combine the brown sugar, butter and honey.  Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat; stir in the cream and pecans.  Pour over the baked crust.  Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Cool completely.

Use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan and place them on a cutting board.  Remove foil and cut into squares.
Stirring the butter and brown sugar

The egg yolk and flour have been added

The pre-baked crust

Now, for the topping....

The cream has been added and the pecans mixed in

The bars have been cooled and cut

Yum!  These bars are solid - they hold their shape well


  1. Oh, these look soooo yummy! Just one question -- can you give me a hint of about how hot the oven should be? Thanks!

    Autumn H.

  2. Oops, my bad! I just saw it in the first step! Just remove my comments, if you please. Thanks!

    Autumn H.

  3. Enola,


    Good looking food Enola, better than what I've been chewing on at the truckstops in the Eagle Ford (oil field) lately.

    I'm jumping off topic Enola.

    Some time ago I sent some mail to some friends of mine in the American Redoubt who consider themselves preppers. The "friend" of mine was a student of history like myself and has a different viewpoint on history than I do I guess, because I was discussing something about "Partisan Guerrilla's" and guerrilla fighters. I eluded to an article written by "Remus at the Woodpile Report" sometime ago about the "short life spans" of partisan fighters, and their lack of a "retirement plan" and how in Eastern Europe most of them should have just stayed well hidden in the forest waiting the outcome of World War 2 and just survived with their families.

    Well, Remus at the Woodpile report wrote another very good article on "Guerrilla fighters" that basically backed up the previous article he wrote. Throughout history (especially since 1900) Freedom fighters, partisian guerilla fighters and others frequently did not fare well during and after any conflicts they were involved in.

    Heres the link

    Its of my opinion that if any freedom fighters of the past should have focused on being preppers or survivalists first. Protect ones family, property and lands first. Then maybe community after that. Many forgotten hero's should have ran into the hills with their family in tow when their farmhouse was attacked and burned down. The game should have been to out run and out live any bad guys, bad guy goverments like Communists and Nazi's. Let the war of idiots rage around you in most cases, Don't Get Involved. Neither side would have offered freedom or anything remotely resembling a "Constitution" as we know it. At that point, just surviving and keeping ones children alive became the greatest priority.

    That's what Survivalism's all about in the first place.

    Back to my friends in the redoubt. Im sure my letter was not well received and we have a different view on how things went and I fell out of favor. After reading the latest post on Remus's blog, I feel right about my opinion and I "stand my ground" on my viewpoint based on well documented history.

    If you want a road map to the future, study the past....History will "always" repeat itself.

    I was hoping my friend would have checked the latest post by Remus at the woodpile report and re-think his view point and understand and respect my view of history.

    I have bee working overtime so I wont have time to read any responses to my comments on this blog nor do I have had a chance to go back and read previous responses. I am skipping breakfast just to type this up. Oilfield production is up this summer so we are really, really busy.

    I figure someone's gotta criticize me for somethin' I wrote, if you feel I am a "Nerf Herder" or I should be used as "Batha Fodder" (see Star Wars) e-mail me at

  4. Hi Enola,

    Not to seem picky, but are you considering the protein comes from the 1 egg yolk and the pecans? Because most of this recipe is fat, sugar, and carbs from the butter, brown sugar, honey, cream and flour/oats. 1/2 c. of pecans (1 standard serving) contains 3 grams of protein and 20 grams total fat, and even though those fats are considered healthy the same could not be said of the butter and cream.

    (Although they certainly sound delicious, I don't see the nutrition here and wouldn't consider these "protein-packed".)

    -PJ in OK

  5. Hi Enola,

    This is off topic, but I wanted to know what home schooling curriculum you use.

    Thank you!

  6. Hi, Enola,

    Oh, my! I think I might need your address. :)


  7. way yummy!!
    is your cookbook due any time soon?
    deb harvey
    p.s.- there's plenty of protein and energy in this dessert for a hardworking man who has already eaten whatever else was in his lunchbox.

  8. everyone loved these bars. They travel well. Gone in 4 days!