19th hole energy bars


Let me share with you a little story with you about my very first energy bars.  When I was in elementary, my paternal grandma use to pick me up from school. We’d often end up at the 19th hole which is a golfers term for the clubhouse. The clubhouse was where my grams and her lady friends would hang out after their round. They would eat, drink and talk story. My grams was a scratch golfer and she belonged to the Makalena woman’s club that met at least once a week. In Hawaii when you meet older people, out of respect, they automatically become your aunty or uncle.
I had a lot of aunties at the 19th hole.
I’m pretty sure my grams would just be finished with her round of golf, run by to pick me up from school then we’d head back to the 19th hole. This is where I would do my homework, ate whatever snacks I wanted and load up on sugary soda. This is where I learned about Energy bars.
One of my golf aunties would carry energy bars in her golf bag to keep her satiated during her round. There was this one time when she shared one of them with me and that was all it took. From that point on, my grams would pay that aunty to make these energy bars for me.


When the Air Force PCS’d us from Hawaii, I would call my grams for recipes because I missed the food. To put it into context, this was back when email had just started. My grams wasn’t great at technology but she knew how to email. She got the recipe for the energy bars that I loved so much as a child and emailed it to me. She told me I would need the energy I got from eating these bars to keep up with my 3 kids.
Over the years, she would email me other recipes which I’ll be sharing in the near future. My grams passed away in 2004 after complications from heart surgery. She was 75.
A few years ago, when cleaning out my email, I found the recipes she sent.  I got so choked up, I could hardly read them. I printed out the emails and lovingly put them in my recipe binder. I now make these energy bars for my own kids and have added a few healthy elements to them. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!





  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups of rice crispy cereal
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds de-shelled
  • 1/4 cup cranberries


  • Grease 9x13 pan
  • In a pot on low heat - melt butter, marshmallow and peanut butter
  • When first 3 ingredients are melted, add the remaining ingredients & mix thoroughly
  • Transfer mixture to greased pan and pat till level
  • Allow to cool 15-20 minutes
  • Cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper

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