Clif Bars, they’re just yummy right? But pricey. I just did a quick Google and the peanut ones are selling on Amazon for £1.50 EACH!  Ouch. So here’s a homemade Clif Bar alternative

So to satisfy a craving for a homemade Clif Bar alternative that tastes great, and keeps me going on the next ride out, I’ve got a really simple recipe that needs no baking. There are literally hundreds of energy bar recipes out there, but this one hits the sweet spot for me. I’ve combined ideas from a number of recipes, some of it to my taste and others just for convenience.

Ingredients for homemade Clif bar

Ingredients for homemade Clif bar

Ingredients

To make my peanut version you will need:

1.5 cups Porridge oats (I used Scotts as they are quite fine ground)

0.5 cup peanuts, roughly chopped. I think some of mine could have done with a bit more chopping.

1 Cup of dates (Mmm dates…)

Treacle

Golden Syrup

Cup of peanut butter

Cooking Steps

Step 1
Add the oats and chopped peanuts together on a baking tray and place in a warmed over (185C) for about 12-15 minutes or until the peanuts take on a bit of colour. Don’t over do the peanuts as they burn easily and become bitter.

Step 2
Blend about 3/4 of the dates, peanute butter and 2 table spoons of honey into a paste using a food processor.

Step 3
Wait till the nuts & oats have cooled and then mix them together with the peanut butter and date paste and and the remaing dates, that have now been chopped up.

Ingredients being mixed, before adding treacle and syrup. Looking a bit dry.

Ingredients being mixed, before adding treacle and syrup. Looking a bit dry.

Step 4

Dough after adding syrup and treacle

Dough after adding syrup and treacle

Add treacle and golden syrup in small amounts, maybe a table spoon at a time. Mix everything together using your hands rather than a processor. You are aiming for a cookie dough consistency that will be slightly sticky and hold together. REMEMBER, this is a no-bake method!!

Step 5

Press into a baking tray that has a baking sheet in the bottom. You really need to push the mixture in really firmly so that it all sticks together properly. Then leave in a fridge for an hour to set properly.

Finally

Cut into slices. Wrap in foil or food wrap and place in the fridge to store.

 

The finished article.

The finished article. Looks bloody great if you ask me.

 

 

 

Notes: The finished result tastes absolutely bang on. Sweet, yet almost savoury (and pretty calorific). Mine ended up a little crumbly, so make sure you balance the peanut butter and the treacle/syrup to make sure the mixture holds together. And some of the peanuts could have been chopped a bit smaller.

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