Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

Back by popular demand, another homemade, real-food, training fuel bar.  We received so much positive feedback from the fresh lemon bar that we thought we’d do it again.  In fact, I have to personally add to the positive feedback (yes, to myself, thank you), as I’ve been loving the lemon bars on my recent rides including any 2+ hour rides here in Colorado and a longer ride on the new Magnificent 7 Trail system outside of Moab last month.  They work great as a not-to-sweet, a little salty, delicious fuel option that I actually look forward to eating.  And, the  consistency, which turns out to be somewhere between a bar and a gel when it’s warm in my jersey pocket, is perfect for me…cause I like to do a little more riding, and a little less chewing.

So, here we are again.  Only 6 whole-food ingredients = 1 chocolaty orange fuel bar, perfect for your ride.

Recipe of the Week: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 orange
  • 2/3 cups golden raisins or 18 dates
  • 2 ounces (70%+ cocoa) dark chocolate bar, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp organic honey
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions:

Place almonds and raisins in food processor, process until finely chopped.   Zest entire orange (provides ~3 Tbsp) and juice 1/2 of the orange (~1/4 cup, save remaining half for other use)…add zest, juice, chocolate and salt to food processor.  Process until smooth, but not quite a paste (this doesn’t need to be exact). Press into a greased bread loaf pan (if it’s sticky, you can use wax paper to press). Place in freezer 1 hour, or in refrigerator until firm. Cut into 8 equal bars or squares. Store in refrigerator – wrap in plastic wrap or place in a snack-sized baggie to take with you.

Makes 8 bars.

Nutrition information (per bar): 196 calories, 13 grams fat, 17 grams carbs, 4 gram fiber, 7 grams protein, 75 mg sodium

Comments:

There are lots of great reasons to eat our Orangey-Chocolate Fuel Bar, and to consume oranges in general.  Of course, as a weight-weeny athlete myself, I’d never tell you to pack an orange in your jersey (c’mon, a ½-pound fuel option?).  Instead, we’ll use whole foods to make convenient, efficient-energy fuel for training (Orange Bar) and we’ll keep the slow-digestion, whole food orange in the Daily Nutrition.  Either way, this week, it’s all about oranges.  Why?

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