If you sweat as much as I d0, you just want to dive headfirst into a cold shower after a run. However, it is so important to eat within 30 minutes of your workout—after you’ve completed stretching. As much as you want to rinse the salty filth and tears off, go have a snack first.
These homemade energy bars are a great option to snack on during that post-workout timeframe because of their effective ratio of carbs to protein. In addition, the best thing is you can tailor them to fit your personal tastes.
The main ingredients in these bars are rolled oats, which provide the carbohydrates you need post-workout to raise blood glucose and stimulate muscle building. They are bound together with honey and nut butters, which provide natural sweetness, protein, and healthy fats as part of a healthy, filling diet. The chewy texture is reminiscent of a Clif Bar, but not as sticky.
Once you have the base, you can add mix-ins for extra flavor and nutrients. I chose various chopped nuts for the crunch and healthy fats, dried fruit for the sweetness and fiber, and dark chocolate for the antioxidants (and because I can’t go the whole day without chocolate). However, while dried fruits are delicious and an awesome addition to these bars, don’t overdo them in your general diet, due to the extra sugar.
Here are a few ways to make these DIY energy bars.
DIY Energy Bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 20 minutes
- ½ cup honey or agave syrup
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
- 3 cups rolled oats
Additions for Salty-Sweet Pistachio Cranberry Bars:
- ¼ cup chopped pistachios
- ½ cup dried cranberries
Additions for Triple Fruit Bars:
- ¼ cup chopped prunes
- ¼ cup dried blueberries
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
Additions for Chocoholic Bars:
- 2 tablespoons melted 100% dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
1. In a medium saucepan, melt the honey, peanut butter, and almond butter over medium heat until thoroughly mixed together.
2. Remove from heat and add in oats. Stir to combine. They will be slightly crumbly, but don’t worry. Chilling them in the refrigerator will solidify them.
3. Separate oat mixture into three separate piles, or however many different bar versions you would like to make. Then stir in chosen additions.
4. Line three different plates with wax paper. Dump each bar batter onto the wax paper and mold into separate bars, each about the size of a deck of cards.
5. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Now they’re ready for you to grab after a run!