Last year the hubby and I were very strictly dieting. We were eating no carbs or sugar. We had also taken up running. The running came easily to my husband but I couldn’t seem to keep my energy up enough to get very far. I talked to trainer and they suggested that I wasn’t actually eating enough calories or carbs to fuel my body considering I already had a pretty low BMI ratio.
So, I decided that before each run I would eat a power bar. I visited the local vitamin store and found a huge selection. I, of course, read the label on every single bar. There wasn’t a single one that I could eat in good conscious. They had 500 plus calories, tons of sugar, and were full of refined carbs.
So what was a girl to do. It would be silly for me to eat a bar of 500 calories just to run a 5k (which for me only burns about 325 calories). So I came up with my own plan.
To gain energy I did need some carbs and protein, so I put together my own energy bar. In this healthy peanut butter energy bar recipe I mixed together peanut butter, chopped almonds, egg, Splenda, almond meal, and whole oats. I use Jiffy Natural peanut butter. The calories are about the same as regular, but it tastes amazing!
I mix this all together and place in a mini muffin pan and bake for about 20 minutes. They really taste better than any energy bar you can buy.
I started eating three of these each day about thirty minutes before each run and they made a huge difference. I quickly was able to get the energy up to run my full 5k. Try adding things that you like into yours. Chocolate chips or raisins would be a great addition.
Mini Energy Bar Recipe
Yield: 36 Mini Bars or 12 Large Bars
- 1 Cup Whole Oats
- 1/3 Cup Almond Meal
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Splenda
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease mini muffin pan or regular muffin pan.
- In medium bowl microwave butter and peanut butter until softened, about thirty seconds. Stir until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Evenly divide among muffin sections. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.
- Dig in!