Loving the BITE: One Easy Recipe, 3 Perfect Energy Bars

05
Jun
2014

Chocolaty Orange Energy BarWhat can you get with 6 ingredients, 1 recipe, and 5 minutes?

Hmmm.  How about endless variations of a delicious, effective, whole-food energy bar!  It’s no joke.  In just minutes, you can make your own perfect energy bars.  These are tasty, real-food, great fuel, and require no cooking.  On the bike, you’ll find that they are not too sweet, and very refreshing.  If you’ve got a food processor, you’ve got everything you need to make these.

The ingredients? You’ll need nuts (I recommend cashews), dried fruit, a natural sweetener like honey or maple, organic coconut oil, organic honey, and salt.  That’s it! Are you in?

Recipe of the Week: Recipe for Perfect Energy Bars

Fresh Lemon Fuel Bars

Ingredients:

  • Nuts: 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • Fruit: 2 lemons and 18 pitted Dates
  • Sweetener: 2 Tbsp organic honey, organic agave, or real maple
  • 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions:Fresh Lemon Energy Bar

Place cashews, dates, and coconut oil in food processor, process until finely chopped.  Zest 2 lemons, juice 1 lemon.  Add zest, juice, 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 12 equal bars or squares.  Store in refrigerator – wrap in plastic wrap to take with you.  If you find that they fall a part when riding along in your jersey pocket, simply pack tightly into balls rather than leaving as bars.  No matter their shape, you’ll look forward to your fuel.

Makes 12 bars.

Nutrition: 207 calories, 20 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein, 52 mg sodium, 258 mg potassium, 16 mg calcium, 82 mg magnesium

To Make Fresh Orange-Chocolate Bars:

Use 1 1/2 cups almonds, 1/2 orange (zest and juice) and 18 dates, 2 ounces 70%+ cocoa bars + 1 Tbsp honey/maple, 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil, and 1/4 tsp salt.  Follow the same instructions, using zest and juice from 1/2 orange, and adding in chocolate with zest, juice, and salt.

To Make Delicious Cashew Cherry Bars:

Use original recipe, using 12 dates and 1/2 cup dried cherries.  Omit lemons.

Comments:

cherry_dashew_barsOnce again, we’ve used some energy all-stars in our energy bars.  In fact, I’d say this recipe sets the bar pretty high.   Here’s what’s in it for you:

Cashews are special energy ingredient because they are especially high in copper.  Copper is a key nutrient for energy as it supplies a specific enzyme that’s necessary for both energy production and iron utilization.  What’s more, copper is an antioxidant and important in collagen health.  Click here for more on cashews.

Organic coconut oil is a staple of my recipes and diets.  It’s a very special fat.  It is primarily composed of medium chain triglycerides, a quick-acting fat that is easily absorbed and used as an energy source by the cells.  Read more about organic coconut oil.

Dried dates, berries, cherries,  or other vibrant fruit choices provide a significant carbohydrate source in the recipe.  And, when you’re pedaling, these carbs are welcome and needed.  In addition, you’ll load up on powerful antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals like potassium!

Organic Honey & Maple: Our second carbohydrate source provides moderately long lasting energy, similar to maltodextrin.  And, when using honey, you’ll also get digestion-aiding enzymes.

Salt: You’ve heard it before…I like to add just a pinch of salt to my fuel recipes – the added sodium is often what differentiates a “regular food” from a great fuel source.  You’re sweating out a bunch on the bike, so give your body a source within your fuel.

If you tired of your stale, pre-packaged, same ol’ same ol’ energy bar, give these a try.  You’re sure to find some combination that you’ll love.  And, the best part? Faster than you can get to the store, you can make your own fresh, real-food bar this week.

Fuel Your Ride.  Nourish Your Body.

Enjoy Your Ride
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One Response to “ Loving the BITE: One Easy Recipe, 3 Perfect Energy Bars ”

  1. Riaan Coetzee on June 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Is there something I can use in stead of coconut oil?

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