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Home Made Energy Bars

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Home Made Energy Bars For Runners

Want an alternative to those expensive sports/energy bars that you buy in the specialty running stores? This recipe for home made energy bars is delicious and easy to make.

Save money, be natural, and get the nutrients you need to perform well in sports.

My teenage daughter and my 70 year old uncle both love these energy bars. You can vary the ingredients dramatically and they’re still delicious. Try using raisins or apricots or a combination of dried fruit.

    1 C rolled oats
    1 1/2 C almonds, chopped semi-fine
    1 1/2 C dried cranberries
    1/2 C nonfat dried milk
    1/2 C ground flax seeds
    2 tsp butter
    1 C molasses/honey – either one or a combo
    1 1/4 C peanut butter

Chop almonds. Mix dry and wet ingredients until well-combined. Spread on a flat baking sheet lined with foil or wax paper or roll in balls. Roll balls in chocolate chips for a special addition or press chips on top of flat mixture. Cut into separate portions, wrap with foil, and keep in freezer until needed. No baking is required.

The recipe above costs maybe $5 to make and produces about 30 bars! If you buy energy bars in a store, you are paying at least $1 per bar. Big difference in cost – especially if you’ve got a teenager eating them by the handful. I didn’t do a calorie calculation on these but my guess is it would be pretty high. That’s what you want in an energy bar – lots of instant energy (fruit and sugars), along with fats, and protein for a full complement of nutrients.

Stephanie Atwood is a long distance running coach who coaches The WOW Team, a women’s running and walking club in the Bay Area. Atwood is certified as a personal trainer and consults on sports nutrition. Ms. Atwood is also a Master’s Runner and runs or walks almost every day. When we’re moving, we’re getting fit. It doesn’t matter how old we are or how fast we’re moving!”

Ms. Atwood is author of the weekly fitness E-zine The Weekly Pep Talk (TWPT) and hosts http://goWOWTeam.com