I am a runner, well not the fastest runner, but I do love running. What I don’t love are the energy bars or gels to keep you energized while running. My stomach just can’t digest it, and after eating them I get that heavy stomach feeling and a sickening sweet after taste in my mouth. Plus those gels and bars are not clean. So if you’re a runner like me, today’s recipe is for you. Clean eating energy bars recipe made with only 3 ingredients.
I use these clean eating energy bars on my long runs. I read somewhere once that long-distance runners need to keep their energy consistent and therefore should consume bars with a combination of carbs, protein and fat. This is when I came up with the idea for these clean eating energy bars. I cut them into small squares/slices because you don’t want to eat anything big, but I tell you something I look forward to my long runs like never before. They are so tasty, not too sweet and have a great texture. I love how easy they are and that they contain no nuts. This means that Sofia can have these in her Friday school packed lunches too.
They are also versatile, I sometimes use dates other times prunes. Another ingredient I use are sunflower seeds, but feel free to use pumpkin seeds or if you want nuts try almonds or pecans. Last but not least are the oats. Oats are the best source of energy, slow release carbs, easy to digest and packed with nutrients. That is it, 3 easy and inexpensive ingredients creating energy for me to push and run. Run Hedi Run!
They will keep for weeks in the freezer, and for a week in an airtight container.
Here’s the recipe for clean eating energy bars
- ½ cup pitted prunes or dates
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup oats
- Splash of water
- Place all the ingredients in the blender and process until you get a crumbly texture. Add a splash of water to help the mixture stick together. You might need to add two splashes.
- Form the mixture into a ball/ round shape and place in the fridge for 15 mins
- In the meantime preheat oven to 170 degrees and get ready some baking paper
- After 15 mins take the mixture out and roll it thin, in between two baking sheets.
- Score with a pizza cutter or knife into squares.
- Pop in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes.
- Let it cool down before breaking into pieces.
I hope you like these clean eating energy bars as much as I do. I know that shop bought energy bars are convenient, but they can also be expensive, where these will cost you almost nothing. Also remember that these energy bars have almost no water content so make sure you drink plenty throughout your runs.
As always please, if you make this recipe share it with me either on my Facebook,Twitter or Instagram. I would love to see it! Hashtag #HediHearts