Hay to everyone,
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog posts. It really does mean a lot to me as all I hope for is that you manage to take something positive away from them. Whether that is getting more active to adding in that extra portion of fruit or veg to your daily diet. As I know from experience, that living a more active and healthy lifestyle has a long list of benefits. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or next Olympian, all you need to do is focus on you and do what make you feel happy and gives you energy to embrace the day you have been gifted.
I mentioned in my last post that I have been trying to get out on the bike as much as possible to enjoy this great weather. As with any form of exercise it is important to refuel to maintain your energy levels throughout the activity you are taking part in. If I am planning a long (2+ hours) bike ride I always try and take a banana or maybe my homemade banana bread (future post) with me so I can snack healthy rather than being cut short and having to buy a high sugar and fat bars from the shop.
So with a long ride planned I decided I want to make some energy bars for the next time I was out. In the end this recipe turned out to be a protein bars with little carbohydrates due to the fact that I forgot the oats in the making of them. Never mind as they still turned out great and will still provide some great calories during and after my bike rides.
This is a very simple recipes that has no added sugar to it, only natures own plus, is very cheap to make. Making me thing that there is never really any need to purchase those high sugar energy bars that have god knows how many other ingredients in them that I don’t understand! Certainly will be making more of them in the future.
Homemade peanut butter protein nut bars.
- 1 bag of unsalted mixed nuts and fruit (Tesco 500 g £1.80)
- 3 (300 grams )ripe bananas (20 pence)
- 1 (40 grams) heaped tbsp of peanut butter (7 pence)
- 10 grams of hemp protein (30 pence)
Total cost of protein bars = £2.37 which = 9 pence per bars (24 bars). Bargain!
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Place the whole bag of nuts and fruit into a food processor and blend until chopped. Not to fine but you can choose what consistency you desire.
- Add the 3 bananas and blend again until both have mixed well.
- Add the peanut butter and hemp protein and mix until everything is combined.
- Place some grease proof paper on to a baking tray (
- Pour out the mixture and spread evenly.
- Place in to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top has browned nicely but without burning.
- Removed and leave to cool for 20 minutes.
- Once cool cut in to small square chunks. I got 24 pieces from my tray but by all mean you can make yours bigger if you like.
Nutritional information (24 bars)
- Calories 132 k cal
- Fat 8.7 g
- Protein 3.6 grams
- Carbohydrates 8.4 grams
- Sugars 7.8 grams
- Saturated fat 1.6 grams
- Iron 17.5 % of your daily amount*
- *Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Hope you all enjoy these protein bars. They should last for a week in the fridge or for as long as you can resit them! Would love to know your thoughts. Whether you liked them or not and what other protein bars/ energy bars would you like to see more of that are healthier and cheaper than what you can find in stores.
Have a great weekend everyone – Neil