Recipe: Apple and fig energy bars

If Delia ran marathons she’d probably make these energy bars. But I wasn’t inspired by visions of her in lycra, oh no. I made these to replace the Clif Bars the lovely Write this Run people sent me. They didn’t last long and after spending far too much money entering races and buying running gear over the past few months, I decided to bake my own runners’ fuel.

The following recipe can be adapted to suit your taste – adding raisins instead of figs, nuts, etc.

  • 500g porridge oats
  • 3 large cooking apples
  • 400ml apple juice
  • 2cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 allspice berries, ground (optional)
  • 200g chopped dried figs
  • 30g sunflower seeds
  • sugar/honey to taste (optional)

Quarter and core the apples. Leaving the skin on, chop and place in a saucepan with the apple juice and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Allow to cool, then blend.

Mix the blended apples with the rest of the ingredients. The mixture should be firmish. If it’s a bit wet, add more oats.

Place into a greased oven dish. Bake in an oven at 180 celcius for around 30-40 minutes (until they start to brown).

File under ‘taste better than they look”

Chop into squares. Eat. Check teeth for fig seeds. Then do some exercise, of course!

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