Home made power bars

Once in a while I’m getting my self a bike magazine. This month’s issue included a review of power bars, questioning if they are as good as they promise. The moment I stumbled upon this article I instantly remembered a recipe mentioned by @sugarmelon last year. He tested self made power bars proposed by the Austrian triathlete Max Renko. After a year waiting on my todo list I finally conquered our kitchen and made my own power bars today!

What it takes

First mix together the following ingredients in a bowl.

  • two big bananas
  • 6 mid sized cooked potatoes
  • 360ml honey
  • 2 tea spoons salt
  • 4 table spoons cinnamon
  • 1 full egg
  • 2 white of an egg

Take a separate bowl and mix all missing ingredients for your power bars.

  • 300g oat flakes
  • 160g flour
  • 1 package baking powder
  • 200g raisins
  • 60g rubbed hazelnuts

Now mix both bowls contents together, put the mass on a backing plate and bake it at 160° C. Take out everything after 50 - 60 minutes. È voilà, your first batch of home made power bars! Use a knife or pizza wheel to cut out bars after cooling down. The given recipe produces ~25 power bars which finally get wrapped in aluminum foil separately and put into the freezer for conservation. Max noted they will defrost very quickly and be ready to eat the moment you need your first energy boost (~30 minutes).

Beside their tremendous lower price, these DIY power bars are also very tasty. They contain everything the body needs to refuel quickly but also store some energy for later. A lot of carbon hydrates, some proteins and cinnamon which is influencing your blood sugar level. You can also use different dried fruit if you don’t like raisins and of course other nuts like walnuts or almonds. I will surely experiment in future.

I’m looking forward trying them on my first bike tour next week. The upcoming half marathon in August might also be a good testing opportunity, they should perform well for re-energizing mid-race. 27 bars should last a while - depending on how much my biking buddies like them I guess.