It all started with a conversation with a lady from work. I was discussing how I was looking for something to eat on the morning of the last leg of my relay race before my gut wrenching run. Last year I thought I had the perfect meal. I made banana bread. It was tasty. It seemed like the best solution. It had carbs, walnuts, and all the benefits of bananas. So sad for me, it seems that when I eat banana bread (even 2-21/2 hours before I run) and then run...well, simply put...I barf. So, as I ran up this ridiculous hill I would take about 3-4 steps, then dry heave, then 3-4 steps, dry heave...well, I think you get it. It took a  really long time to get up that hill!

So, this lady from work made these amazing energy bars. She shared the bars with me. Yummy! Then she shared the recipe. I am now going to pay it forward. I am going to share the recipe.

Now, there is a great link on Runner's World called Quick Bites. They have videos of the recipes. This one is really simple.

The basic ingredients are:

2 c. rolled oats

1 c unsweetened coconut

1/2 c. each (almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds)

1/2 c. chopped dates or raisins ( I don't care for either...I chose dried cranberries)

11/2 c. peanut butter

1 c. honey

1 tsp vanilla



Runner's World

There were just a few liberties I took. First of all, I didn't have sunflower seeds, so I just left them out. I added a few extra cashews to make sure the balance of peanut butter and other items works. My peanut butter of choice is Skippy Natural. I know that it has some sugar and a little bit of palm oil. That makes it a little less than clean. If you want it to be clean, you can choose all natural peanut butter from your favorite whole foods store. I also am not a fan of raisins or dates, so I chose dried cranberries. I am certain you can take some liberties of your own. You could even add some dark chocolate chips if you wanted. I did want to. I really did. I just didn't have the chips. So, I went without...this time.

Bottom line:

These were really easy to make. They are so tasty that I will definitely make them again.


My goal is to eat one of these on my way home from work. This will allow me to make dinner for the family and then run while they are eating. I need food and timing my meals and runs has been a real bear. I hope this will be the answer,


If I don't have the same reaction I had with the banana bread(lots of dry heaving while running), this will be my breakfast of choice during my relay run.



Do you have something that you have discovered for running?