make your own macrobar.

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Energy bars can be tricky! Many on the market are so full of junky ingredients, they might as well be candy bars. While they pack a powerful caloric punch, any energy your body actually derives from them is not sustainable -- that sugar crash is pretty inevitable.

I think Macrobar is one of the best brands of energy bar out there: it has limited ingredients, it's vegan, gluten-free, and includes varieties that aren't packed with candy-bar like garbage. It's also all organic and non-GMO certified. 

Plus, they're delicious, portable and packed with fueling, filling healthy fats. I am constantly recommending them to the folks I work with as a quick reboot midday: even a couple of bites of these can be the perfect cap to lunch (if you have a sweet tooth) or a great mid-afternoon top-up if you're feeling hangry. I often cut these up into little bites and take a few with me. I know my tendency can be to eat THE WHOLE ENTIRE THING, so sometimes a little pre-planning for portion control can be helpful. They're just really yummy.

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Because they're made of whole foods, the nutritional bang for your buck is much higher: you're not ingesting 350 empty calories of processed sugar, color, and preservatives; instead, you're getting a convenient meal that can actually provide your body with things it can use like healthy fats and protein. {It's important to remember that even this brand is intended as a meal, not a snack. Most of the Macrobar flavors are upwards of 200 calories - use them as fuel pre- or post-workout with a veggie juice to balance out blood sugar. As with any brand, it's important to read labels!}

homemade macros

While I do fancy a Macrobar in the morning before the gym, I'm always on the hunt for ways to do things myself - ie. less expensive, fewer ingredients, less packaging. I set out to create my own version of the Peanut Protein bar (my favorite!) and wanted to share here. Quick to make, these homemade bars are like rocket fuel for the gym! Try out the recipe and let me know what you think!  

Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bars
Yields 8
Easy, homemade energy bars to fuel (or refuel) workouts
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup chunky natural peanut butter
  2. 2/3 cup brown rice syrup
  3. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  4. 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  5. 6 tbsp brown rice protein powder
Instructions
  1. Process 1 cup of rice cereal in a blender until it forms a fine flour. Add all remaining ingredients (except the other 1/2 cup puffed rice) to blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into lined baking tray. Sprinkle top with remaining puffed rice and mix slightly to incorporate cereal into top layer.
  3. Place tray in freezer for 30 minutes until solid. Cut into 8 rectangular pieces and wrap in biodegradable greaseproof paper bags.
  4. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
Adapted from GoMacro's Macrobar
Adapted from GoMacro's Macrobar
From The Ground Up Wellness http://fromthegroundupwellness.com/

 

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4 comments on “make your own macrobar.
  1. lisa dawn says:

    look great and easy – going to try them!

  2. Chris Gerty says:

    Hey,
    Do you think I could use unflavored whey protein as a substitute for the rice protein? I don’t have rice protein and don’t want to have to buy it if I don’t need to! Thanks for the recipe!

    • amyheight says:

      Hi Chris, certainly! If whey is your protein powder of choices, go for it. The consistency should be similar enough that these will work out a-okay! Enjoy!

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