Sick of spending £3+ on energy bars? This recipe is for you.
Although I don’t usually rely on solid food during my long runs (I often just carry gels for emergencies), I sometimes get a little peckish around the 2-2.5hr mark. Rather than carrying expensive shop-bought bars from Clif or TREK (don’t get me wrong, I love a good macadamia & white chocolate Clif bar), I decided to start making my own energy boosting, deliciously satisfying, simple-ingredient bars.
Full of both fast- and slow-release carbs, these bars will give you an instantaneous boost, as well as increasing overall energy stores for those demanding 15 mile+ runs.
140g whole almonds
120g mixed seeds (I used a seed & Goji berry mix from Waitrose)
50g cacao nibs
2tbsp golden syrup
20g nut butter (I used cashew)
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Place oats and almonds on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes. Keep the oven on.
3. Place roasted oats & nuts in a bowl with the seed mix & cacao nibs. In a separate bowl mix the golden syrup and nut butter with a little water until a smooth, runny paste is formed. Pour into the dry nut mix until evenly incorporated.
4. Spoon mixture into a lined small square baking or loaf tin and press down until densely packed. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until top has turned golden brown.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from tin and cutting into 6 bars or 12 squares.
Nutrition (per square)