One of the ways I do things on my own is creating my own energy bars. I started with Kleinbars (RECIPE) a few years ago in college because Clif Bars were too expensive and I wanted to be able to have a similar product. It took a good amount of time and tweaking (most of the original batches tasted like sh*t because I put way too much cocoa powder in the recipe. Lesson finally learned) but they eventually turned into a really good product.
Anyway, because I like things simple, I wanted to see what I could make from basic ingredients. After some experimenting, I actually have something pretty good! I call them, "Klein Bites" because you can roll them into little bite sized servings as quick snacks. I generally leave them in one giant clump and just pull off bites.
The recipe only has 5 ingredients and all you have to do is mix and freeze them.
In a large bowl, combine the following:
3/4 cup Peanut Butter (Get the good kinds without Hydrogenated Oils).
1/3-1/2 cup Honey
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 teaspoons of Vanilla
Mix them until all 5 ingredients have been thoroughly blended together. Then stick the container in the freezer for 30-45 minutes and you should have this:
From here you can either take the time to make little snack sized balls of this stuff and put them on a cookie sheet and/or plate.... or you could just leave the whole thing in the bowl. I just leave the mixture in the freezer to make sure it stays cold and take chunks off.
Try it out and let me know what you think! There are many ways you could make this creation way more interesting with dried fruit, chocolate chips, protein powder, seeds, nuts and more. I just keep it simple. This is the stuff that fuels my morning runs and I enjoy it.
Thanks for reading and don't forget to Tack On!
-Matthew Klein, SPT