Rice Energy Bars

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.

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  • 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.

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