Oats and sun dried banana energy bars

I can do it. I know I can. 

raw oats and sun dried banana energy barsOk, this is a bit exciting and scary. I’ve just registered for my first run ever. Yey! I’m aiming to complete 12km, which is slightly more than what I regularly do. But, with a bit of training and perseverance, and with the help of these energy boosters, I should be well on my way to giving my best during the big HBF Run for a Reason event, to take place 40 days from now.

raw oats and sun dried banana energy barsBananas are such an energy hit! Rich in vitamins B6 and C, as well as minerals potassium and manganese, they’re great for fueling my short running exercises and ideal as a post-run recovery snack after my longer runs.

Oats provide a good mix of dietary fiber, protein and energy, with antioxidant benefits, and play a role in the rebuilding and repair of body tissue.

Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin E (so valuable for runners), magnesium (good for strong bones), dietary fiber and protein. Almonds also give us good amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and monounsaturated fat.

Flax seeds provide many nutrients, dietary fiber, minerals (manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium), antioxidants and vitamins (riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates) and are a top source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, vital to keep inflammation under control.

Sesame seeds provide good amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.

Chia seeds are a powerhouse of dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorous and manganese.

All these in a gorgeous, chewy-gooey, luscious snack!

raw oats and sun dried banana energy bars

Oats and sun dried banana energy bars
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw rolled oats
  • 2 sun dried bananas, roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh banana (not so ripe), roughly chopped
  • 3 TBSP almond meal
  • 3 TBSP flax meal
  • 2 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 2 TBSP raisins
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined. I would not use a blender for this as you want some chewiness and texture to the bars.
  2. Scoop out and press the mixture in a cake pan.
  3. You can serve straight away but it's good to place the pan in fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
  4. Cut and serve.
  5. Store in fridge.

 

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