Do you buy energy bars? Aren't they expensive? If you read the ingredients on the back there is literally nothing in there that you can't buy from either the supermarket or your local health food store. This is one of the first ones I made, but it's quickly become a favourite with me.
Please note I make no claims to it being the healthiest bar in the world. But it is packed to the gills with high energy, wholegrain ingredients. I use small bites in the middle of long runs and it's a firm favourite on the days when I have a very long kitchen shift with no time for a proper meal. These little babies keep me going on the days when life won't let me stop and have become invaluable on my Surrey Half Marathon training. Every single thing can be found in the supermarket and of course you'd easily find it in a health food shop as well. I buy the gluten free puffed rice from Sainsburys and the dried fruit straight off the baking shelves. For the chocolate I just smash up a bar or dark chocolate and the peanut butter is a jar of natural stuff with no added salt or oil.
Think of it as a healthy flap jack. These are delicious.
- 100g lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- 100g puffed rice cereal
- 100g porridge oats
- 100g Linwoods mix of milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and goji
- 50g dried blueberries
- 50g dried apricots, diced
- 20g mini chocolate chips
- 100g peanut butter
- 5 tblsp maple syrup
- Combine every single ingredient in a large bowl.
- Turn into a lined baking tray (at least 1 inch thick) and press into the corners. I like to flatten the mix by placing a similar sized dish on top and pressing down, but this isn't necessary.
- Bake on 180C for 30 minutes, remove from oven and cool on a rack (in the dish)
- Once cooled place in fridge to harden for at least 5 hours. Once hard and cold, you can turn the bar onto a chopping board and cut into the the required sized bars. I wrap each one in individually in cling film then store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.