It seems like many of the people I am surrounded by are running marathons or half-marathons. There’s talk of training schedules, group meet-ups, and knee and hip pain. Seeing as I have no interest of running long distances, instead of training with my friends, I am offering:
Marathon Training Granola Bars.
Did you know:
- Your body can store enough “fuel” for only 2 hours of exercise?
- Honey and Gatorade are great for after exercise, but not pre-run?
- If you eat the correct foods pre-run, you can postpone hunger?
Many of the energy bars on the market are “glued” together by a sticky sweetener, like honey. Because honey is a high-glycemic carb it provides energy in one burst rather than fueling for the entire training session. To avoid this burn out, my granola bars are held together by mashed banana and applesauce. That’s right – this bar has no added sweetener, no eggs, its just whole grains, nuts, dried fruit, and fresh fruit. So, yes, its vegan. Its ideal fuel to power through a tough work-out.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups Kamut
- 3 small bananas (about 2 cups, as ripe as possible)
- ¼ cup organic unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup cherries
- 1 cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ coconut
- ¼ flax seeds
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Special thanks to Stephanie for the base of the recipe, and especially for the ratio of banana and applesauce to dry ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mash bananas to get them as creamy as possible. Mix in applesauce and vanilla extract and set aside.
- In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Use 2 cups of some sort of oats, 2 cups kamut (low in calorie and acts as good filler), and 3 cups of any combination of nuts, dried fruit, and seeds
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mix
- Spray down a cooking pan and spread mixture across. About ½ inch thick. This made 18 bars for me so I needed to pans.
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow tray to cool for at least an hour in the refrigerator before cutting bars.
- Once cooled, and cut, wrap bars up individually.
Cost –$0.50 cents per bar. Most energy bars are $1.50 – $2.00 so you are saving about $20-$30 and fueling your body exactly how you want.
Quantity – 18 bars
Nutritional Information – most bars that have this much goodness (nuts, chocolate, dried fruit) are 180-230 calories. This bar comes in at about 130 calories. That’s what happens when you take out the gooey sticky stuff and replace with fruit. I promise you, this bar is sweet and you will miss nothing.