Wanderlust Wednesdays: Need Some Energy?
On average you can burn as many as 410 calories per hour while pedaling at a moderate pace, according to the National Institutes of Health. When riding my heavy vintage Schwinn
around the neighborhood, I bet I burn even more. To help boost my energy I like to gnosh on an energy bar, but when I looked at the nutrition labels of some popular brands I couldn’t even pronounce the ingredients. I decided to try out an all-natural white chocolate cranberry energy bar recipe I found online at Honest Cooking
. These bars are super easy to make, taste great, and are very easy to transport with you on your rides. And did I mention they’re all natural?
White Chocolate Cranberry Oat Energy Bars
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
3 Tbsp flax seeds
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1. Beat the yogurt, sugar, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
2. Add the whole wheat flour, wheat germ and baking soda.
3. Stir in the flax seed, oats and then the white chocolate chips and cranberries
4. Pour the batter and press into a foil-lined 9 x 13-inch pan
5. Cook the bars for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees or until the top of the bars starts to turn light golden brown.
6. Let cool for 15 minutes and cut into bars. Enjoy!