Monday, November 4, 2013

Make Your Own Coconut Almond Energy Bars!

I've never made any sort of granola or energy bar before and my friend, health/nutrition Coach Lisa Federico, suggested that I give these Coconut Almond Energy Bars a shot. She sent me the following Coconut Almond Energy Bar recipe--that came from Runners World Magazine--which took about 10 minutes to put together plus 10-15 minutes of baking time. They are really easy to make, relatively healthy, and a good alternative to PowerBar or Cliff Bar products. So here it is:

Pre-heat oven to 350° (bars can be eaten without baking, but they are sticky!)

2 c oats
1 c coconut
1 c almonds
1 c cashews (walnuts are good choice as well)
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c chopped dates or raisins
1 ½ c peanut butter, or tahini, or mix the two
1 c honey            
1 tsp vanilla

Notes: Like anything else that you make, you may choose to use organic ingredients. I did. You may also add your favorite ingredients and/or subtract some from the list. I don't like dates or raisins so I left them out, but I did add some chia seeds. Also, try adding cacao nibs for a punch of antioxidants and good source of magnesium--which supports nerve and muscle function, bone strength, and circulation.   

Directions: Grease baking sheet. Roughly chop nuts. Mix oats and dates in a bowl. Heat PB and honey in a pot on the stove on medium low heat to make mixing easier. Then add the vanilla. Combine all ingredients and spread them onto a baking sheet. Pack about 1” high. One batch may not fill a standard size baking sheet....but I doubled the recipe so mine did. Place them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes so that they can fuse together. Let them cool and firm up for about 10 minutes. Then, cut them into bite size pieces. 

Enjoy! They are delicious, easy to make, and easy to carry during your next ride or run. Try them!

Want to know more about Lisa? I'd recommend her to anyone interested in improving their health and nutrition strategies. Check out her website at

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Jon Fecik
USAT Certified Coach