Post-Run Date Bars

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This high energy snack can be eaten at any time in the day, even on the run if you’re preparing for a super-long one. With a mix of heart-healthy fruits like dates and raisins and energy-boosting carbohydrates like oats and whole-wheat flour these delicious date bars will end your dessert cravings and leave you feeling energized simulataneously.

Why Dates? 

Dates are loaded with both fibre and iron, easing the pain of your digestive tract and curing your Anemia in the process. Their incredible nutritional value has been shown to reduce risk of abdominal cancer, keep your nervous system awake and focused and also help those suffering from intestinal disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Like all fibrous foods they also reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular complications. Consuming them in large quantities would be a mistake, especially given that one date (7.1g) has 4.5g of sugar, however given all the incredible health benefits that they have to offer it is certainly worth it, especially in the form of a magnificent energy bar.

Recipe 

Yields 16 bars

1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons honey
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup cereal (Kashi, All-Bran and Organic Foods all work well)
¼ cup rolled oats
1 ¼ cup milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped dates
½ cup raisins
3 tablespoons yogurt (vanilla, blueberry, plain, coconut all work nicely)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Chop dates into small pieces

3. In a medium-sized bowl mix all the ingredients listed above together, stir well to combine.

4. Coat pan with margarine or butter to prevent sticking. Spread batter evenly in a rectangular shaped form.

5. Bake at 190°C (375°F) for 25-30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool, cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Why It’s Good For Runners 

Low in sugar but high in energizing ingredients, Date Bars will help you stay on the move and feeling right. These are loaded with carbohydrates and their-easy to digest nature makes it the perfect on-the-go snack for the ultramarathon runner. Fibre is also a big part of these bars and will help to keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of having the always painful mid-run stroke. Runners racing shorter distances should probably save them for after the race because of the fibre, but with their sweet flavour it will taste like a sweet post-run treat without actually being one.

 

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