I’m an avid mountain biker (and racer) and sometimes it’s easy to let the WHOLE FOODS aspect of my lifestyle slide on a ride or in a race. Luckily there are some decent energy bars out there that have a good ingredient list. But, they can be pricey. Here is an option that’s a lot cheaper. They are a little bit sweet and a little bit salty and a very mild flavor. Not nearly as sweet or strong tasting as most commercial options.
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice, prepared as you wish or as shown here
- 1 cup raw or roasted peanuts (or nut of your choice), unsalted (If salted, back off on salt in this recipe)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp raw sugar
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Once rice is done, allow to cool for a bit. Then combine all ingredients in your food processor. I had to do mine in two batches to make it fit. Run the food processor until everything is combined and crumbly/mushy.
Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment. (Mine turned out a bit too thick using the 9×9 pan.) Dump the mixture in and press down with a spatula. Refrigerate overnight. Then cut into squares. I wrapped each square in foil and then put them in a big ziploc in the freezer for easy grabbing!
A biking friend gave me this recipe – from some cookbook that I don’t remember and I modified it a bit.