I've been experimenting with coming up with a tasty and nutritious homemade energy bar as a cheaper and healthier alternative to store bought Clif Bar-like options. My latest concoctions have been pretty darn tasty and I'm hoping some of the nutritionists on board will offer their feedback or suggestions. Are there any better alternatives to some of my listed ingredients (that are also tasty)? Is there anything I should be aware of or careful of with these ingredients? What about brown rice syrup? I am using quite a bit of it and wonder about it's health benefits or if there is a better alternative? I've already switched out honey for agave nectar in order to lower the glycemic index.
I'm mainly looking for a healthy & convenient high protein snack to help with some of my long training days when I can never seem to eat enough food!
This makes a whole bunch of bars -- maybe 24 or so? not sure, but it fills a 13x9" pan.
2 C Quick Oats
2 C Grape Nuts
1 C Natural Peanut Butter (no salt)
1 1/2 C Organic Brown Rice Syrup
1/4 C Agave Nectar
1/2 C Peanuts
1/2 C sliced almonds
1/2 C sunflower seeds
1/2 C cashews
4 T Flax Seed Meal
3-4 T Wheat Germ
2 scoops Soy-Spirulina vanilla protein powder
(All of the nuts are raw and no-salt)
I also add dried fruit sometimes (berries mostly) and will sometimes change up the nuts a bit with varieties like 1 C macadamias in place of the sunflower seeds and cashews which has been my latest favorite version.
I'd love to come up with a final recipe that tastes great and that I know is healthy so I can post for others. Some of my friends are already asking for the recipe, so if any of the nutritionists out there have any input, it'd be much appreciated! :)