I did a lot of exercise last week (running, cycling, cardio machines, gym classes) and wasn’t eating enough calories to keep me going, so I thought I’d better make something healthy to snack on and give me energy.
Anita Bean’s Food for Fitness is always the book I turn to when I want to make something tasty, but healthy. It’s primarily a sports nutrition guide, but it also contains over 200 recipes; not all of them are vegetarian but there are plenty that are.
Anita Bean has written numerous sports nutrition books and although I read somewhere that she’s a lifelong vegetarian (with a name like ‘Bean’, you’d have to be really, wouldn’t you?), she hasn’t written a completely vegetarian sports nutrition book which surprises me, as there’s a definite gap in the market there.
Still, this isn’t a sports nutrition blog, so I’ll get on with the recipe for the muesli bars.
Muesli bars (makes 12)
150g dried fruit mixture, e.g. raisins, dates, apricots, figs, apple, pineapple
3 heaped tsp honey
2 eggs whites
175ml apple juice
Combine the oats, muesli and dried fruit in a bowl
Warm the honey in a small saucepan until it is runny. Add to the bowl
Stir in the remaining ingredients
Press the mixture into a lightly oiled 18x28cm baking tin. Bake at 180C/gas mark 4 for 20-25 minutes until golden. When cool, cut into bars.
Per serving (1 bar)
Energy 141 kcal
Protein 3.4 g
Carbohydrate 30 g