That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. - Nietzsche

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Homemade energy bars!!

These are fast becoming my favorite pre-run snack ever. Husband is on an indefinite hiatus from running, apparently, but he's been eating these too because they're yummy. They were filling enough to get me through nearly 7 miles (including speedwork) the other night - probably comparable to a powerbar, but cheaper.

  • 1/2 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels (or more peanuts/other nuts)
  • 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
  • 2 cups uncooked oatmeal, old-fashioned or instant
  • 2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla             
  • Optional: 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • In a large bowl, mix the peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, oat-
    meal, and toasted rice cereal (and wheat germ). Set aside.
  • In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients; mix well.
  • For squares, spoon the mixture into an 8"x 8" pan coated with cooking spray; for bars spoon it into a 9" x 13" pan. Press down firmly. (It helps to coat your fingers with oil or cooking spray.)
  • Let stand for about an hour, then cut into squares or bars. 

1 comment:

  1. Mmm, definitely going to have to try this one!