A Bar for the Road

I occasionally find myself in need of a nutrition bar: when I am a little farther away from home for a workout, or when I have to run errands before I return to breakfast, or when I just simply have to eat something NOW!  I find it difficult to eat early in the morning so I typically don’t before I workout; consequently, I find myself hungry fairly soon after I’m done.

I searched for commercial bars which offered a little higher protein (challenging) and tried quite a few (urghhh!).  Then I found a recipe in Anita Bean’s The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, which looked simple & delicious, except that it took three attempts too get it right (1st time: too sticky, 2nd time: didn’t bind, 3rd time: success!).  Moral of the story: don’t modify a recipe until you’ve tried it as is at least once as is!


It does taste wonderful (Loving Husband approves!) and transports well. According to Anita Bean who is a nutritionist & athlete:  “these bars provide the perfect combination of protein, carbohydrate, unsaturated fats and antioxidants that you need for rapid recovery after training.  They’re very moreish – so be warned!”

Recovery Bars

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter; I used peanut butter)
  • 1 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (used walnuts this time)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax, or pumpkin seeds, or chia seeds (used chia)
  • 2/3 cup dried mixed fruit, coarsely chopped (used cranberries & cherries)
  1. Put maple syrup & peanut butter in a small saucepan and heat gently until melted.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together nuts, oats, seeds and dried fruit.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup/peanut butter mixture, and combine well.
  4. Press evenly and firmly into a 7 by 7 inch lined baking tray.
  5. Chill until set.
  6. Cut into 12 bars (I cut mine into 16 because I find her portions too large).

Note: If you cut into 12 bars, each bar will give you approximately 283 calories, 10g protein, 17g fat, 20g carbs (11g total sugars), 4g fibre



16 Replies to “A Bar for the Road”

  1. These do sound delicious and I like the idea of bars I don’t have to bake. I, too, haven’t found a commercial bar I like. I think my husband will enjoy these as well, so I’ll make them for sure.


    1. Yay! Am so glad you like the look of these – hope you both enjoy them!

      I am planning to try another bar with just nuts and a layer of chocolate …. I am looking forward to this one, although I think some baking is involved.


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