Happy last week of June! How did that happen? I don’t mind it though because July brings us some much needed rest. The Kiwi has one more race this weekend and then it will be two weeks of down time before his next training/racing blocks.
Luckily, this last race is in Texas, so no packing the bike and airport travel, phew!. But since I can’t go with the kiwi (We’re dog sitting), I am packing his car full of good fuel! I’m Crazy Like that! Sherpa Wife Crazy!
Here is the recipe for our favorite Grain Free “balanced” bars. Perfect to take on the road or just to eat anytime, anywhere!
- ½ cup PB flour (you can also use ¼ cup more almond meal and 2 tablespoon more protein powder if you don’t have PB Flour)
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 ⅓ cup almond meal
- 45g vanilla protein powder (I use Growing Naturals Vegan Vanilla or Vanilla Cream Kidz Shake for the Paleo Caesin free version.)
- 2 tablespoon NUTTZO (or chunky nut butter)
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- pinch or two of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (really not needed)
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 tablespoon local honey or maple syrup
- OPTIONAL Add-ins: (⅓ cup raisins/fruit, cinnamon, extra honey or stevia if you like them to be sweeter, bacon bits)
Pretty simple, mix all the ingredients together and press into a greased baking dish. I used an 8×8 square pan. If the batter is to dry to mix, add in more milk or an egg to give volume and moisture. Just depends on the type of protein and flours you use. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes but be sure to check it at 15 minutes in case you’ve used different proteins or flours that cook faster. Cool and then slice. Makes around 9-12 bars depending on how big you cut them.
Note– If you are nut free, try using sunflower seed butter instead of nut butter. Then 1 cup coconut flour or oat flour, ⅓ cup ground banana chips, and 1 ½ cup protein powder for your flour portions.
Calories per bar: 132.2
- Total Fat: 8.5 g
- Total Carbs: 7.5 g
- Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
- Protein: 7.7 g
- sugars: 2.2g
Why Grain free? Well, grain free so it is easily digested. I find that sitting in a car or airplane can cause stomach discomfort or bloating with certain foods, so making it grain free is safest, ya know? I also added in good fats (coconut and nut butter) and a few natural sugars (the honey). The fat helps with energy and the natural sugars are to help keep his glycogen filled before race day. Yes, my Nutritionist instincts kicking in!
The may not be too strange for Laura, but they are definitely good!
NOTE –> If you want to make them strange and add in more natural salt, try mixing in a few tablespoons of nitrate free bacon bits or coconut bacon from Phoney Baloney.
What’s your go-to road trip snack?
Any body racing this weekend?! Best of luck if so!