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Energy/Granola Bars

July 8, 2015

While I was in the UK there were not a lot of options for buying energy bars.  We go through quite a few of those things with all the riding we do.  I actually did the math once and it was something ridiculous of over 50 pounds a year or something…  Not being able to buy any was actually kind of nice because it forced me to make my own.  And in the UK with their HUGE supply of random nuts and dried fruit it was actually quite easy.  I experimented a lot and each batch always turned out slightly different. That’s the great thing with making your own is you can vary to whatever you have or want and it pretty much will work out as long as your portions of dry to wet are similar.

I have yet to find barley or brown rice syrup although I have not searched beyond my local grocery store.  I have substituted golden syrup (found easily in the UK), corn syrup or regular maple syrup.  I don’t really like the idea of putting syrup in my bars so there are a few other recipes I’ll try that are without.  Stay tuned!

Energy Bars

Note, this recipe is halved for one 9×9-inch pan

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Total Time: 25 min
Yield: 12 bars in one 7 1/2 x 11-inch pan
Taste: Good


1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup groats or rice krispies
2 cups prepared trail mix or nuts, seeds and dried fruit (can add some shredded unsweetened coconut) of your choice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup barley malt syrup or 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp almond extract (go for the almond if you have it – SOOOO GOOD!)

This version had a bit more syrup than it was supposed to.

This version had a bit more syrup than it was supposed to.


1) Grease a pan and set aside. I do this easily with just cooking spray.

2) Combine oats, groats (or Rice Krispies), nuts and fruits in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.

3) In a saucepan, add brown rice or barley malt syrup and honey. Bring to gentle boil for 2 minutes.

4) Stir in nut butters until well combined. Take off heat and mix in salt and extract.

5) Stir wet mixture into dry.

6) Spread into greased pan and press down to level out with hands or spatula. Cool, then cut into bars.

Very portable wrapped in foil, waxed paper or packed in tupperware

Chocolate chips added in this version.

Chocolate chips added in this version which instantly melted…

Source: Tracy


From → Snack, Travel

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