I don't exactly know when the energy bar craze hit America, but I do know that I have had my fair share of unpleasant tasting bars on my travels throughout the country. Some are relatively tasty, but some are about as unpleasant as you could imagine. Something about it being loaded with things I cannot pronounce probably has something to do with it. Speaking of which, I ended up buying one of these bars today in Augusta, while on my way to hang out at USM Gorham with the UCU folks. I didn't think to look at what was in the bar because it was cheap, and it was made by Wheaties. After looking at the package...well let's just say, I ate a lot of things I have no idea how to pronounce. If someone could enlighten me as to what mixed tocopherols or medium train tryglicerides are, I'd be appreciative. Rather than going crazy and buying a bunch of bars in the future, and consuming loads of random ingredients, I decided to look for a tasty alternative!
Energy bars are typically high in carbohydrates and protein. Finding an alternative recipe that included both of these, I thought, might be difficult at first. When I think of high protein, I think of meat. Meat bars do not sound tasty. When I think of carbohydrates, I tend to think of pasta. That also doesn't sound like a pleasant energy bar. Although a spaghetti and meatball bar may entice some people....doubtful. After checking on some different sites, I found a great and super easy no bake energy ball recipe that is great for people who are outdoor adventurers. The ingredients are as follows:
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
- 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Are you ready for the easiness of this? All you have to do is take all of the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Chill for one hour and they are done! How simple is that? They are tasty, easy to make, filled with energy and most importantly, the aren't loaded with preservatives or random things you cannot pronounce. They keep for about a week and are mighty tasty. Check out the recipe here, and try them out the next time you want to pack some energy bars for your next trip!
Have you tried making energy bars at home?