Energy bars don’t have to be shop-bought, make your own for the same energy-giving effect. The beauty of making your own of course is that you can choose your favourite ingredients, plus they’ll be free of preservatives and save you money too.
Oats, cereal, fruit, nuts and chocolate drops are good ingredients, and real butter, honey, agave, maple syrup or coconut oil will help to bind the ingredients together.
Here’s a simple favourite of mine;
· 50g soft dried apricots
· 100g soft dried date
· 50g dried cherry
· 2tsp coconut oil
· 1tbsp sesame seed
Whizz apricots with dates and cherries in a food processor until very finely chopped. Tip into a bowl and use your hands to work in coconut oil. Shape the mix into walnut-sized balls, then roll in sesame seeds. Store in an airtight container until you need a quick energy fix.
Ready for that marathon 15, 20, 25km training session or it’s a bright sunny winters morning round the bay ride time, just pop a few into a zip lock bag and carry in your bike or run pouch. Keeping your energy levels up along with adequate hydration (think pure water or coconut water for best results) will get you the better training results and recovery you are looking for.
And if you do end up making some of your own energy bars, be sure to make extra for the CFC Crew to sample!