What I’m Eating – homemade power bars

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PB and Dark Chocolate Power Bars

PB and Dark Chocolate Power Bars

Riding your bike may be cheaper than driving a car, but fuel costs can still add up! I’m talking about ride food. The cost is also significantly greater if you are concerned with fueling your body with real food instead of a bunch of junk. I recently began experimenting again with making my own power bars. At $1.50-$2.50 for a quality bar, the store bought kinds can really add up. Here’s the recipe for my latest creation. They’re so easy!

PB and Dark Chocolate bars

1 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal

1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup organic brown rice syrup

1/3 cup organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses

1/2 cup all natural crunchy peanut butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 cup (or more) dark chocolate chips

Add all the ingredients into a big mixing bowl and mix well. Spread onto a baking sheet (covered with parchment paper or cooking spray) and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 mins. Let them cool and cut them into 8 or 16 squares.

If you cut the bars into 8 squares you wind up with 243 calories, 38g carbs, 9g fat, and 4g protein. As these are higher in carbs and lower in protein they are more ideal for food during your workout. If you wanted something post work out you might try adding whey protein powder or nuts. I have not tried that yet, but I’m still experimenting.

You might be wondering about my use of organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses. I’ve recently become a wee bit obsessed with blackstrap molasses. It is full of goodness including iron, vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium.

Anyone else have any recipes for homemade workout fuel? Another WordPress blogger recently posted his recipes for homemade gel alternatives. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but they look great!

 

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