I spent the summer training for a double imperial century bike ride and have since rejuvenated my cycling energy within the past couple of weeks. You see, I finally bought a road bike. This summer, I was using a flat-bar hybrid which is a great bike, but not ideal for cycling such long distances. With my upright seating position, I often felt like I was a parachute in the wind!
They say athletes get tired of the same snacks day after day. Flavour fatigue. Despite peddling over 4000-km on my bike this year, I guess I don’t exercise enough to get bored of the high energy snacks. Oats and dates have played prominent roles in many of the snacks, but I wanted to try something different.
Adapted from Runner’s World, these energy bars are similar to other bars based with dried fruit, but instead of dates, it uses figs as the main component. Dried cranberries and raisins add extra flavour with roasted hazelnuts adding healthy fat. There is only a minimal amount of honey so these are not overtly sweet. Technically, they travelled well and kept their shape during the summer heat.
Paley’s Energy Bars
3/4 cup dried figs, stemmed and cut in half
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted
2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar if vegan)
2 tablespoons oat bran
1. Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and pulse just until the batter comes together. Empty the batter onto a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle with oat bran and press out the mixture with your hands until it is even in height all the way around, about 1/2 inch high, or roll into a log within parchment paper. Wrap tightly in plastic and let harden overnight in a cool place. Cut into bite-size pieces.
Makes 12 bars.
Each bar: 74 calories (14g carbs, 1g protein, 2g fat)