Got Energy…Bars??

Eating can really be confusing, especially with all the new information coming out daily. eat organic. don’t worry about eating organic. avoid carbs. eat carbs. fats are bad. you must have fats. Whatever! the best thing to do is ignore most of the stuff you hear, eat with thought and try to eat as “naturally” as you can.

It’s often hard for me to get in meals either before or after a run because i’m going a million miles an hour so i have often relied on various types of bars- kashi, powerbar, whatever. these are all pretty tasty but i decided that the fact that i don’t know what all the listed ingredients are meant it was time for me to try to come up with something on my own. I love to cook, however, i’ve never been really daring when it comes to creating my own recipes. I found an energy bar recipe in one of my zillion cookbooks and have adapted it to my liking. i’ve posted this before but i’ve had some people ask again for the recipe so here it is:

1 cup Quick Cooking Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Toasted Wheat Germ
1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Nonfat Dry Milk
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Walnuts
1 cup Almonds
1 cup Raisins
1 cup Craisins
1/3 cup Agave Nectar
2 Eggs
1 tbsp Dark Chocolate Chip Morsels
2 tbsp Golden Milled FLax Seed

*i put all of the nuts and dried fruits in a food chopper and chop them pretty finely. mix all the ingredients. grease your dish (i use an 11.5 x 8 inch glass dish); pack down to release any air; bake at 350 for 20 minutes

**i usually get about 18 bars out of this recipe so here is the nutritional breakdown per serving based on this:

calories: 219
total fat: 9g
carbs: 29.8
fiber: 3.77
sugars: 19.95
protein: 5.89

Granted, it’s not the perfect bar, but it is very tasty and pretty nutritious. i plan to work on them a bit more to see if i can up the protein without getting the fat up any more. anyway, these are a great pre-run snack and you can easily change or add to the ingredients to make it exactly how you like it.

It’s definitely comforting knowing that there are no strange ingredients in these bars. if you make some yourself and change anything, keep me posted. i’m always up for trying other versions!

Enjoy!

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