Thursday, November 21, 2013

Protein Energy Bars

This recipes was inspired by a need of nutrients and a fast energy snack.
Since I have started to run (about 8 months ago), I quickly realized how many calories runners burn.
During a training run, I burn anywhere 500 to 1000 calories and
during a half marathon I burned over 1500 calories in just 2 hours.
When running, it is key to get plenty of nutrients and calories
...because without proper nutrition you won't run very far.

This bars have one key ingredient for energy:
honey.

(to know more about the benefits of using honey, check this post here).

This is a no bake, delicious easy recipe:
1/2 c Honey 
1 c Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)
4 T Unsweetened Cocoa 
5 scoops Protein Powder 
2 c Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
2 T water

In a bowl, mix honey and peanut butter.
Add the cocoa and the protein powder.
Then slowly add the oats and water (1T at the time).

I roll my mixture into balls (about 20), but you can spread it out and cut it into bars.
I store it in a seal tight container in the fridge, (but it doesn't require refrigeration).

This recipe makes up a total of about 2500 calories,
about 130 cal per ball.
This is much cheaper (and healthier) than buying prepackaged protein bars, and you can really customize this to your liking.
Next time I am going to substitute the peanut butter with my 
made with coconut oil.

Stay Frugal,
Daniela

Linking to
The Frugal Girls

9 comments:

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

My kids are going to love these!!

Tanya Runkle said...

Having these on hand could help us stay out of the drive thru, and my kids would really like them too. Thanks Dani!!

td said...

This so reminded me of my days as a distance runner...I was always panicked about having food with me constantly! What a nice problem to have. I've kept up the running 'til recently when I began swimming again, but you may inspire me to do them both.
Yummy sounding recipe, too!

NanaDiana said...

These sound VERY good, Dani. Good for you for running- You are really an inspiration here in blogland about living right- xo Diana

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
This is SUPER food and for sure at a fraction of the cost of those store bought protein bars AND healthier!
Hugs and happy weekend.
Mariette

anangloinquebec said...

These look really good and I am going to try your recipe for homemade almond butter. We love that stuff!

must love junk said...

YUM! These look a million times better than a protein bar!
Susan

Mindi Carwin said...

WE (my hubby and I, and kids too) can use these! Thanks for the recipe, pinned!

Jubilee said...

Made a batch today; only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and the best part is to me they taste like no bake cookies...without all the calories.