Next October, I’ll run my first marathon. Yes, that’s 26.2 miles and four and a half hours (if I’m lucky) of pounding my legs on pavement. My poor feet, knees, ankles… all my joints. At least now I will be properly nourished during my training and the race. I have been wanting to make homemade power bars for a while, so here is my first, albeit successful shot at it. They have a great texture, aren’t overly sweet, and are FULL of healthy sugars, protein, and complex carbs to keep you going. Perfect to stash in your pocket on a long run or bike ride.
Raw Fruit & Seed Bars
3/4 C whole oats
1/4 C almond flour
4 Tbs flax meal
1/2 C raw sunflower seeds
1/2 C raw pumpkin seeds
2 Tbs sesame seeds
1 C dried fruit (these ones are dried apples and cranberries)
5 dates, chopped
1/4 C brown rice syrup
1/8 C molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp all spice
1) Wash your hands (well, you will be using them). Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper.
2) Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3) In a small saucepan, put all wet ingredients together and let simmer for 5 minutes. This allows the dates and syrups to soften.
4) Add syrup mixture to dry mixture. You will probably want to dig in with your hands to make sure everything is smashed together.
5) Transfer to your baking dish and, with your hands (still sticky!), press down flat so everything is packed and even. Good luck getting your hands clean.
6) Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes so it hardens a bit, then cut up in to small squares, wrap each one in plastic wrap, and store in the freezer.
- Feel free to mix and match different fruits, nuts, and seeds: almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, apricots, cherries…). Large nuts should be chopped finely or put through the food processor for a few pulses.
- For less chunky bars, put whole oats in a food processor until they are broken down (but not powder).
- Play around with other flours. Instead of 4 Tbs flax meal, mix and match buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, chia powder, maca, or even your favorite protein powder.
- Honey or agave will work instead of brown rice syrup, but the mix may be a bit stickier (and sweeter).
Any ideas for a better name?