Nutty Bars

In search of the perfect bar…
We went on a 50 miles ride up Mount Tam and ate 5 different types of bars during that ride: 2 Clif bars, 1 Bonk Breaker, 1 Picky Bar, 1 Pro Bar, and 1 Kate’s Tram Bar. Hunger is an excellent sauce, so they were all quite delicious. We especially enjoyed the ProBar and the Tram Bar (maybe because they were more like real food).
Packaged bars definitely have a place in long rides, but these bars are pretty expensive as regular snacks (especially since eating a Luna Bar a day does add up). I wanted to see whether I could find a suitable replacement bar. I’ve tried a few interesting recipes off of Google, with interesting results…the next few posts are some of the attempts I’ve made.

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Nutty Bars (aka Homemade Clif Bars)
Source: Power Hungry

John thinks these taste like Nutty Bars. I omitted the dried fruits and nuts, mainly because I didn’t feel like putting them in. The resulting bar was very sweet and heavily peanut flavored. Basically–a more portable way to transport peanut butter.
Pros: It actually held together. There’s a nice mix of textures.
Cons: Very sweet. When it gets warm, they starts to melt and fall apart (all those unsaturated fats in the peanut butter). They’re also kind of greasy.

Makes about: an 8×8 pan
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: No baking

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup crispy brown rice cereal (from Whole Foods)
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1/3 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
(1/4 cup dried fruit)
(1/4 cup chopped nuts)

Special equipment
a bowl and 8×8 pan

Directions
1. Mix together brown rice cereal, oats, flax seeds, and fruit/nuts if using.
2. Melt together syrup and peanut butter. Mix in vanilla.
3. Pour peanut butter/syrup mixture over the dry mixture.
4. Mix till combined.
5. Press into baking pan lined with waxed paper.
6. Refrigerate. Then cut.

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