Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Noel’s Energy Bars

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.

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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

In blender:

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.

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Notes:
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.

Nutrition info:
(varies slightly with various ingredient options)

Serving size: 1 piece (1/16 of whole recipe)
Calories 166
Total fat 6.25 grams
Saturated fat .75 gram
Protein 6.25 grams
Carbs 25 grams
Fiber 3/1 grams

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11 Responses to “Noel’s Energy Bars”

  1. These look fabulous!! How long will they stay fresh?

    • They are good. Even our non-adventurous eater likes them. With 3 of us working out 3 times a week, they last well in zipper bag in the fridge at least a couple of weeks.

  2. Thanks Noel, going to try these! I’m guessing FF milk won’t work vs using the powder?

  3. This is a great recipe! Both my husband and I really enjoyed these. I think next time I’ll substitute a protein powder for the nonfat milk powder. This is definitely going to wean us from our expensive habit of buying energy bars for long workouts and travel. Thank you for posting it!

  4. Noel, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. These are delicious: my teen-aged daughters have made them twice and it’s great to have this nutritious option to add to our snacks.

    I have personally have better results with weight control by exercising on an empty stomach in the mornings. It’s true that I don’t necessarily feel as strong, but overall it’s better for me.

    Still, I’ll snack on one of these bars in the afternoons, rather than giving in to less nutritious things! Thanks.

  6. I can’t wait to try these, has anyone tried it with the protein powder yet? I would love to know how that works.

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