Sunday, March 13th, 2011
We’re almost halfway through the month of March. If you’re in the Twin Cities area, don’t miss out on the offer of half-price personal training sessions at Lions Gym. Last day of March is the deadline for making your appointment.
Friends keep telling me that after a while I’ll actually miss it when I don’t go to the gym–I’ll want to go. Why do I feel sceptical? Oh I remember. It’s because my normal, inert, sedentary self is dragging every morning when it’s time to go.
It’s even worse on an empty stomach–I can’t make it through an hour of working out. These energy bars are our (cheap) solution to the need for something easy and energy-inducing before workouts.
Noël’s Energy Bars
1 cup oats
½ cup shelled, unsalted sunflower seeds
½ c raw, unsalted almonds
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup whole wheat flour OR soy flour OR other whole grain flour
½ cup non-fat milk powder
½ – 1 tsp cinnamon
Blend till fine.
Add 1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 c raisins OR dried blueberries
1/2 cup dried, pitted, dates
Blend til fruits are as chunky or unchunky as you like.
Pour into mixing bowl. Add:
2 large eggs
1/3 cup real maple syrup OR molasses OR honey
Mix well by hand or with a strong-motored mixer.
9 x 13 pan coated with non-stick spray.
Press mixture evenly into pan. Use wooden spatula dipped in water to avoid stickiness while pressing it in. Re-wet as needed.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Cut into 16 evenly-sized pieces. Store in airtight container or zip-closed bag in fridge.
1. Other dried fruits may be substituted in same quantity for any of those listed in recipe. Same with nuts.
2. There is no “right” order or procedure of combining the ingredients. Depends on the preferences of the cook and the strength of the blender and mixer.
(varies slightly with various ingredient options)
Serving size: 1 piece (1/16 of whole recipe)
Total fat 6.25 grams
Saturated fat .75 gram
Protein 6.25 grams
Carbs 25 grams
Fiber 3/1 grams
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