I’ve been adding to my kitchen repertoire with these delicious bars. They’re easy to make, and packed with healthy ingredients. I decided to start experimenting after years of being underwhelmed with packaged bars.
From my quick study, it seems most energy bars can broken down into three components: bulk, sweetener, protein. …and maybe a fourth; tasty bits.
Bulk: This can come in the form of flour (wheat, oat, etc). I choose oats, mainly because they’re gentle on my stomach and I love oatmeal before morning rides. Easy.
Also, I wanted to give a gluten-free bar a whirl. I won’t be giving up our sourdough pizza hobby just because the cool kids are going gluten free, but I figured if I were to notice a “difference” in a gluten free diet, it’ll most likely be when I’m riding a bike for hours on end, burning calories like a steam engine digests coal.
Sweetener: you could use honey, agave nectar, or in my case molasses. Unsulfured. I like it for its iron, crazy good flavor, and long, smooth burn. (no sugar spikes here)
Protein: I use whey protein, some nuts, and almond meal in my recipes. Remember from Chemistry class: sugar+protein= glue. You’ll need something in there to make everything stick together.
Tasty bits: Just like it sounds. cranberries, or maybe ginger+almonds, etc.
2 cups oats
3-4 oz molasses
2-3 T oil (olive or vegetable)
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/3 cup almond meal
2 servings whey protein powder
1-2 dollops peanut butter
3 good pinches salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Toast the oats in the oven for a while, maybe 10 minutes. This is a good way to preheat the oven (350 degrees) and you might as well use the baking pan for this step.
Meanwhile, combine the molasses and oil in a mixing bowl. Stir until smooth
Add oats, tasty bits, stir
In a separate bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients
Add dry ingredients, stir everything up.
Transfer the mix to greased baking pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-20 minutes. When it smells good, it is good.
Remove, let it cool… break into pieces. Pack in ziplock baggies and ride.