Make This, Don’t Buy That – Energy Bar

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Bar on left has chocolate, bar on right does not.

Recently I have been looking at the ingredients in the PowerBar that I use for the bike.  I have been taking the PowerBar Harvest Double Chocolate Crisp and cutting it into fours and eating one piece every 15 minutes.  I am doing this because I can get 250 calories into my body in that time plus the 41g of carbs that I will need to help my muscles fire for that duration.  Now the cost of the PowerBars is not high.  My grocery store has been selling them at 10 for $10 and I will buy 20 of them at a time and they sit in the pantry until I need them.  Sometimes months….you see where I am going here?

So the other day I unwrap one and I look at it and it looks like chocolate covered rice krispie treats and the lightbulb goes off.  My first thought was how hard would it be to make one of these?  I mean some puffed rice, some almonds, honey….and then my mind really took off.  How do you get it to stick together besides pouring buckets full of honey into it.  The moment was solidified when I thought about marshmallows, but not just any marshmallow but the mini marshmallow.

OK, so now I am prepared mentally to get the ingredients and make this happen.  The first one turned out awesome but it was a brick.  It was about 490 calories and was huge.  Not sure it would have fit into my bento box to be honest.  I went back to the lab (my kitchen) and experimented a little with reducing the size and trying to figure out what I could come up with and it came out to be awesome and pure ingredients.

My PowerBaha Bar consists of 6 ingredients if you make it without chocolate and 7 if you make it with chocolate.  Does it get any more simple than that?

The Baha Bar – PowerBar Harvest Version

Ingredients Baha Bar: 1/3c Kashi 7 Grain Puffs, 1tbs almonds (chopped), 1tbs dried cranberries, 1tbs mini marshmallows, 1tbs honey, 1tbs dark chocolate chips (optional)

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PowerBar Harvest Whole Grain Energy - Double Chocolate Crisp

 

Ingredients PowerBar: WHOLE OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, SOY CRISPS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, RICE FLOUR, BARLEY MALT, SALT), EVAPORATED CANE JUICE SYRUP, CHOCOLATEY COATING (SUGAR, FRACTIONATED PALM KERNEL OIL, COCOA, WHEY, NONFAT MILK, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR), HONEY, ALKALIZED COCOA, RICE CRISPS (MILLED RICE, SUGAR, SALT, BARLEY MALT), INULIN (FROM CHICORY), CHOCOLATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR), ALMOND BUTTER, PEANUT BUTTER, NONFAT MILK, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, NATURAL FLAVORS, MINERALS: CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, FERROUS FUMARATE (IRON), VITAMINS: ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), VITAMIN B6 HYDROCHLORIDE, RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1). CONTAINS ALMOND, MILK, PEANUT AND SOY INGREDIENTS. MADE ON EQUIPMENT THAT ALSO PROCESSES WHEAT.

Servings: 1

  • Nutritional Information Baha Bar without choc0late: 203calories, 8g Fat, 33g Carbs, 2g Fiber, 4g Protein, 23g Sugar
  • Nutritional Information Baha Bar with choc0late: 272calories, 12g Fat, 42g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 5g Protein, 30g Sugar
  • Nutritional Information Lara Bar: 250calories, 5g Fat, 42g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 10g Protein, 21g Sugar

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients and give it a good stir to mix it together.
  2. Place in microwave for 45 seconds (without chocolate) or 30 seconds (with chocolate.)
  3. Layout a sheet of wax paper and spray with cooking spray (lightly.)
  4. Spray two spoons with cooking spray and carefully remove the ingredients from the bowl.
  5. Place ingredients in center of wax paper and then use the wax paper to form a bar.
  6. Place on a plate and into the freezer overnight until solid.
  7. Remove from freezer and cut into 4 pieces or enjoy as a healthy energy bar

 

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  • http://needagoal.blogspot.com adena

    oh those look SUPER yummy!!! I am not a fan of bars during a workout, I prefer gels or chomps. I do like them as between meal snacks when people are eating chocolate and I want a healthy alternative.

    ps oh great cooking one. I took a ‘taco salad’ to our family party this weekend, it was delish but would love a healthy alternative to it.. something that tastes like taco salad, meatless, low fat.. ideas??

    and HIIIIIIIIIi i feel like i’ve been out of touch for ages.. the fog comes and goes.

    • Jason

      Tempeh. Crumble it, soak in water for 15 minutes, then marinate it in some chipotle peppers, dried oregano, liquid smoke, agave nectar for about 20-30 minutes. Put a little bit of olive oil in the pan and get it hot then cook the tempeh so that it browns and as it starts to get sticky jack up the heat and pour the marinade in so that it does get sticky.

      There you have your meat for the taco salad. Obviously, red onion, jalapeno, tomato, cheese as well.

      Then buy some corn tortillas and lightly spray with cooking spray and place in muffin tins. Put in preheated oven of 350* and bake for about 5-7 minutes or until crunchy. Now you have a single serving size taco bowl that you won’t be able to overfill.

      • http://needagoal.blogspot.com adena

        you are awesome!!

  • http://www.teammancuso.blogspot.com Nora

    One word… WOW!! Ok more than one word.. YUMMO!

  • http://www.AtlantaRunningMom.com Runblondie26

    You can buy soy protien isolate to make your own bars with too (reminds me of small rice crispies), but Kashi has a good nutrition profile and is a lot more accessible. What a great recipe!

    • Jason

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I just popped over to your site and we have a lot in common. I am originally from New York (White Plains was the last place I lived) and my wife lived in the Philly area growing up. My wife (Karen) is also on Team Marathon (but maybe you knew that already)

      I never thought of soy protein isolate and that would even up the amount of protein in this bar but because we don’t really need protein during the workout I would leave that out. Maybe make a second version for recovery and use the soy protein isolate.

      • http://www.AtlantaRunningMom.com Runblondie26

        What a coincidence! I guess you know one can’t train on MARATHON Bars alone then, lol.

        I made these bars this weekend and they were really good. I rolled a few in the soy protein isolate crispies for extra crunch. Normally my homemade bars fall apart, but the texture was just right.

  • http://tridiesel.blogspot.com BDD

    I second the tempehhaha for tacos

    These sound good and alot cheaper then powerbars. I am saving this recipe

    • Jason

      True in terms of cost, plus you can eat the Kashi for breakfast as well…..

  • http://www.imasleeperbaker.blogspot.com Molly

    yum, great idea using marshmallows.

    • Jason

      The marshmallows were key in holding it together but be careful after the micro b/c that bowl and the mixture will be crazy hot.

  • http://www.shutupandrun.net Shut Up and Run

    Anything with marshmallows and I’m in. You are quite the inventor, aren’t you. Really want to try this after I try twitter. Twatter.

  • http://tri4success.blogspot.com Chris @ Tri4Success

    Looks good ….. and remarkably simple. Suddenly I’m considering finding ingredients my son knows he likes to finally make a bar he’ll eat.

  • Lisa @ Eat.Pray.Run.

    these look AWESOME! i always get a thrill from figuring out how to make something instead of buying it. good work!

  • http://danglethecarrot.blogspot.com Jeff Irvin

    Damn those look spectacular! Well Done!

  • http://www.chasingthekenyans.com lindsay

    ship me a box please! :)

    “baha bar” is a catchy name…

  • http://www.caratunkgirl.com Mandy

    YUM!! I love home made bars!! This looks awesome – I will put it on my list for sure.

  • http://www.runwithjill.blogspot.com Jill

    Jill NEEDS some baha bars!!!!!!!

  • http://www.ownyourbackbone.blogspot.com Clair Norman

    Would you like my address so you can send me some?!?!? They look amazing. Talented and fit and creative in the kitchen. Are you for real?

  • http://trirunveg.blogspot.com Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Yum, yum, yum!! Those look so good!

  • http://youjusthavetotri.blogspot.com/2011/06/sunrise-sprint.html julie

    These look fantastic…how do they hold up on a hot bike ride?

  • http://www.Feerlessfood.com Chuck

    Nice man! Thanks for answering my question suggestion. Maybe a little protein powder too just for an extra kick.

    and you said “Nutritional Information Lara Bar: 250calories, 5g Fat, 42g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 10g Protein, 21g Sugar”

    Did you mean Powerbar not Lara Bar?

    Won’t lie and say I don’t have a Harvest Bar in my backpack for tomorrow right now…

  • http://sillygirlrunning.blogspot.com Christel

    Okay…you had me at marshmallows. I’m making these, you betcha!

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