I first came across these little bars of wonder when my mum baked them for her local community shop and the village went wild for them. Most recipes I have researched seem to be from the USA and they are called lots of different names. However I didn’t actually get round to making any until a personal trainer and friend of ours undertook a mad challenge to run, cycle and climb his way from Teddington where Foundry Fitness is located to the top of Mount Snowdon. I felt he would need lots of slow release energy bars to help him on his way and with a few adjustments of my own these seem to fit the bill.
Its true that they are packed with sugar and fat but are well balanced by good fats & proteins from the nuts and seeds and slow release energy givers such as the oats. Sunflower seeds are also said to be good for calming nerves and aid joint inflammation so great for pre running jitters and post running aches! Its also important to remember that an instant sugar hit helps when you are under taking endurance events as they help give an immediate lift to the energy giving the slow release foods time to work.
My yoga teacher, surfsupfityoga asked recently if I knew any good energy ball recipes, combined with London Marathon week, (whilst my running efforts are severely lacking we do have a few friends undertaking the event), I thought it time to whip out the recipe again give it a few more tweaks and share with anyone else looking for the easiest recipe in the world to wish their marathoners well.
Miracle Bars Recipe
100g butter melted
125g crushed digestive biscuits
100g chopped nuts ( I used pecans)
50g sunflower seeds
50g sesame seeds
75g rolled oats
175g dark chocolate chips
100g desiccated/shredded coconut
1 x 397g can condensed milk
Line a tin 32cm x 22cm x 5cm with non stick baking parchment
Preheat the oven to 180C fan
Pour the melted butter into the base of the tin
Sprinkle over the crushed biscuits in an even layer
Layer up all the other dry ingredients in the order they are in the ingredients list
There is no need to mix them together
Finish off by pouring over the condensed milk as evenly as you can.
Bake for 30mins
Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.