Peanut Butter Power BarsSep 30 2010 by
When out training for a marathon or half marathon or just a long run, I like to take something along with me to get me over that 8-10 mile slump. For those days when you’re falling asleep at your desk at 3 in the afternoon these honey sweet peanut bars will pick you up without the crash and burn that a sugar filled candy bar would give you. They are easy to make with no baking involved. Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout (Organicfacts.net). Plus they taste SUPER yummy!
- 1 cup raw honey, brown rice syrup or coconut nectar
- 1 cup peanut butter (if you keep your PB in the fridge then bring it to room temp)
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unflavored unsweetened protein powder (I used NurtiBiotic Organic Rice Plain Protein Powder)
- 1/2 cup dried currants
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- Place the sunflower seeds in a shallow pan and toast on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes stirring often, set aside.
- Pour the honey in a 2 quart pan and bring to a boil on medium-high. Reduce the heat to low and boil stirring constantly for about 3 minutes, remove from heat and add the peanut butter.
- Stir well.
- Next add the oats, protein powder, sunflower seeds and currants. Press the mixture in a 8 x 8 non stick pan (I line the bottom with parchment paper for easier removal).
- After cooled, cut into bars (2 x 2) and wrap individually for an easy portable snack.
Makes 16 bars.
Serving size 1 bar.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 198, Cal. from Fat: 76, Total Fat: 8.5g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Carbs: 26.5g, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugars: 17g, Protein: 6.5g, Sodium: 12mg, Cholesterol: 4mg
I love adding 1/3 cup of chocolate chips to the mixture. I use SunSpire Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips. When you add them to the mixture they will soften a little due to the heat.
You can also use dried blueberries, raisins or even cherries in place of the currants.
The bars will keep at room temperature for several days. They will keep in the fridge for a few months or 6 months in the freezer.