So I won’t be needing to buy clif bars any more. And that’s pretty amazing, actually, because they truly aren’t particularly cheap here in Germany. But besides that, I am super proud to have gotten around to not only baking but photographing a recipe…something which I haven’t had the energy to do in at least two weeks. (The previous posts I had in “store” for times like this.) But, today I have decided to do absolutely NOTHING to do with school, which is truly awesome, and much needed.
I have been working straight through each weekend for the past 4-5 weeks, and while I somehow managed to remain professional at school, I came home after every day feeling so utterly depleted and sad that I realized I wouldn’t hold out much longer. This isn’t a pity party, it’s simply the truth. Working 50-60 hours every week just isn’t healthy, at least if you don’t manage to give yourself a break now and then. So, take a break, have a clif bar…(or something like that).
I don’t snack on granola bars a lot, but with clif bars, I must admit it’s a bit different. They are my “cake”-substitution, as they are so gooey and yummy that I love enjoying one with a cup of coffee on the side after I come home from school. They are also perfect if you come home super late and don’t feel like whipping up a large dinner – I enjoy the peanutbutter crunchy one crumbled over some nicecream or oatmeal all the time.
They are energy bars, so they’re definitely not a light snack, but when I am craving a light snack, I turn to dried fruit or smoothies anyways. When I am feeling super hungry before a run, I love a clif bar, as it doesn’t weigh you down but seriously fills you up, so that you have more than enough energy.
There are a million different flavors, but I still haven’t tried each one…mostly because you can’t easily get them here in Germany. There are only a few stores that carry them, so unless you order them online, you won’t get a large variety. I opted for two different flavors with my homemade ones: Peanutbutter Chocolate Chip and Raisin Walnut (both of which I believe aren’t actual clif bar flavors…but, you know, these are homemade, so who cares).
Homemade Clif Bars
- 1 cup brown rice puffs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened spelt flakes
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 2 Tbs. chia seeds
- 2 Tbs. sweet lupins vanilla protein powder
- 3/4 cup date sweetener (from 9-10 medjool dates + water)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil
for peanutbutter chocolate chip version:
- 1 heaped Tbs. salted peanutbutter
- 1 Tbs. chocolate chips
for raisin walnut version:
- 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil
- 1 heaped Tbs. raisins
- 1 heaped Tbs. chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 150°C (300 °F). Mix all the dry ingredients (without add-ins) in a bowl.
- In a food processor, make your date sweetener by blending the pitted dates with 3-4 Tbs. warm water. Once thick and creamy, add it to the dry ingredients along with 1/4 cup maple syrup and coconut oil. Using your hand, knead into a smooth dough.
- Seperate the dough into two halves. Place one half in a different bowl, then add the add-ins for the peanutbutter chocolate chip version to one half, and the raisin walnut add-ins to the other. (If you are making only one version, double the amount of add-ins for entire dough.)
- Line a baking tin with baking parchment. Using your hands, form bars and place on the baking parchment.
- Bake for 14-15 minutes, then allow to rest in the warm oven for another 3-5 minutes before taking them out.
- Allow them to cool for 10-20 minutes, then wrap them in fresh baking parchment pieces and store in an airtight container.
Once your basic dough is done, you can play around with your add-ins. For example, you could add some more date sweetener mixed with cocoa for a chocolate version, or add some shredded coconut and coconut butter!
The important thing is to add some more “binding agent” like coconut oil or nutbutter if you are adding dry ingredients, which is why there is some more coconut oil in the raisin walnut version.
The looks of the clif bars don’t really change after baking, and I am sure these would be swell raw as well, if you’re watching that in your diet. Simply place them in the freezer for 1-2 hours if you’d like for them to be raw.
Since I had about half of a clif bars worth of dough of each version left-over, I saved it to crumble on top of my yogurt for breakfast. It was like “rawnola”, if any of you know the raw granola company. Truly delicious!
So, if you’re still debating what to get your loved ones for Christmas, why not bake a large batch of these and hand them out…probably no one will need an energy bar during the holidays, but once everybody starts on their New Year’s Resolutions, they may enjoy the occasional energy boost prior their new workout routines. 🙂