Homemade Energy Bars
Wrestling season started a couple of weeks ago. For those that do not know, it means 2 hour practices every night after school.
Practices include cardio, strength training, and active wrestling for two straight hours. I know I’m thirsty and hungry after a 30 minute workout! So, a 2 hour practice means the wrestler needs to refuel with healthy and nutritious snacks.
This year, I want to start the season right with healthy snacks for my son. He loves Cliff Bars. I have never had one as they don’t look very appetizing to me. But my son likes them after practice because they help his hunger and help refuel him after a grueling workout.
I wanted to find a healthy alternative to the bars. I just feel like they have ingredients that aren’t healthy (I mean you can’t even PRONOUNCE some of these words!). I also wanted to find something that is more cost-effective.
- 1 C dates (pitted) — approx. 5 dates
- 1 1/4 C crispy rice cereal
- 1 C quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 C roasted peanuts — unsalted / flavored — rough chop
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- <span data-mce-bogus=”1″ class=”mceItemHidden”>1/2 C peanut butter (<span class=”hiddenGrammarError” pre=”” data-mce-bogus=”1″>low-fat</span> optional)</span>
- 1/3 C honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- <span data-mce-bogus=”1″ class=”mceItemHidden”>1/4 C mini <span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”mini ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>semi-sweet</span> chocolate chips</span>
- Place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet. Set aside.
- Process dates in a food processor until finely chopped.
- Mix rice cereal, oats, chopped peanuts cinnamon, salt, and dates in a bowl.
- <span data-mce-bogus=”1″ class=”mceItemHidden”>In a small sauce pan heat the peanut butter and honey until melted. Mix <span class=”hiddenSuggestion” pre=”Mix ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>frequently</span>.</span>
- Remove from heat and add vanilla extract to peanut butter and honey.
- <span data-mce-bogus=”1″ class=”mceItemHidden”>Add peanut butter and honey mixture to rice cereal and oats. Stir until <span class=”hiddenSuggestion” pre=”until ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>combined</span>.</span>
- Add chocolate chips; mix gently.
- <span data-mce-bogus=”1″ class=”mceItemHidden”>Pour mixture <span class=”hiddenSuggestion” pre=”mixture ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>onto</span> waxed paper. Using a rubber spatula, firmly press mixture into a rectangle to your desired thickness (approx. 1/4″).</span>
- Let cook completely before cutting (about 1 hour).
- Wrap each bar into plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
The the snack bar must provide the body the energy, protein, and nutrients it needs after 2 hours of cardio, strength, and mat work.
These bars are addictingly delicious. Most importantly, my son is gobbling them up. I think that means this recipe is a success.