My husband is an amateur cyclist, I guess. He gets on his bike and rides, rides, rides. We’re talking 30+ miles. I’m going to assume that biking 30 miles takes a lot out of a person – believe me, I wouldn’t know from experience 🙂
On one of his earlier rides, he came home and told me a story: Our friends gave him an energy bar for a zap of energy to keep him going for the rest of the trip. He took a bite, made a face, and commented how his wife’s cooking must have him spoiled because those bars were… not good.
We make a batch of energy bars every few weeks. They’re fresher and contain far fewer processed ingredients. These bars aren’t just for amateur cyclists. I crumble one up in a bowl and top with plain yogurt for breakfast. No contest – it definitely beats my usual bowl of oatmeal.
Homemade Energy Bars
Homemade energy bars loaded with dried berries and nuts.
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 2 2/3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup soy protein powder or whey protein powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup roasted sun flower seeds
- 3/4 cup dried blueberries
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
- Mix the syrup and peanut butter together in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Press it into the prepared pan. It will be slightly sticky but should still spread easily into the pan if you grease your fingers.
- Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cut into ~4x2 bars while still warm but allow to cool completely in the pan. Wrap each bar individually and store for up to 10 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.
Yields: 12 servings
Estimated time: 35 minutes