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elvis approved energy bars

Posted on March 12th, 2010 by Robert

Homemade Energy Bars

New homemade energy barsI refuse to say “Power Bar”… it makes me think of that chalky crap bar they sling.
Via Bitchin Camaro (a new one for me).

These bars are AMAZING, plain and simple. I know Elvis wasn’t a health nut, but if he rode brevets (or ran marathons), this would be his bar. I’m sure he would have one of his chefs whip it together. Me, I have to dig out the cookware myself. It is a rough life.

I tried out a couple of different recipes with success, including these bars from Grit and Glimmer. They were very good as well (especially the medjool dates), but these are just outstanding. I have a love for the peanut butter and banana combo though, so I may be biased.

One thing you want to keep in mind with both of these recipes, it really helps to spend some time chopping the nuts with a knife. I could never get the “pound out with a roller” technique to give me very consistent sizes. It seemed like they were either smashed to a fine powder or completely whole. As soon as I switched over to a good, sharp chefs knife, everything kind of fell into line on that front.

Some of the ingredients might cost a bit up front (brown rice syrup, specifically), but you will have plenty left over for another round of awesomeness. For what it’s worth, I omitted the vanilla and don’t think I lost too much. I had the agave nectar on hand, but I’m definitely going to try a batch with some honey next time.

As always, the bulk section is your friend on this. PCC has an amazing spice and grain bulk section that you should hit up. I personally don’t need a whole bottle of ground cardamom sitting around collecting dust. Just pick up what you need for a few cents.

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4 Responses to “elvis approved energy bars”

DylanMarch 21st, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Thanks for passing along the recipe. I made them today, and they’re freaking delicious! (Normally you don’t hear “delicious” and “energy bar” in the same context). I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like the banana, but it’s great. I added a little flaked coconut too, and I can envision many other subtle variations that would be good as well.

Now I just need to make sure that I don’t eat them all before I have a chance to take a ride long enough to need energy bars!

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