It can be expensive to feed and fuel a runner, so save a bit of money with these homemade energy bars. They make a great substitute for shop-bought bars, and are packed with enough heart healthy seeds you may just start sprouting.

They are naturally sweetened, high in protein, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, unprocessed and full of fibre.

Nutrition per serving / piece: kcal: 120, fat: 4g, saturates: 1g, carbs: 10g, sugars: 4g, fibre: 3g, protein: 3g

Ingredients

120g porridge oats
40g pecan nuts
30g chia seeds
75g pumpkin seeds
75g cup dried apricots – approximately 8 dried apricots
75g cup dried cranberries
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon
200ml almond or coconut milk

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C, and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a food processor blend the porridge oats, pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cranberries and apricots.
  3. Once well blended, pour into a large bowl.
  4. Now add in the honey, almond or coconut milk, cinnamon and mix together.
  5. Using a spoon, transfer the mixture into the baking tray.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until edges are golden and centre is no longer soft.
  7. Set to the side or put in the fridge to cool before cutting into pieces.

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