Pre-Run Energy Bars

DSC_0009This is super simple and quick to throw together recipe for energy bars that are specifically meant to be eaten in the hour before a run – reason being they are low in fat and protein, so they’ll be easier to digest than most bars that have a lot of nuts or nut butters in them.

If you’re not eating them right before a run, I’d have a handful of almonds or walnuts with one in order to make it a more balanced snack.


  • 4 cups Natures Path brown rice crisps or puffed rice
  • 1½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup raw cane sugar or packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil


  1. Grease a 8×13 baking dish with coconut oil (or line with parchment paper).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rice crisps, rolled oats and chia seeds.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, almond butter, honey and oil. Heat over medium heat until completely melted and just reached boiling.
  4. Pour melted mixture over cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated. Press into 8×8 greased baking dish.
  5. Cool in the fridge until set (about half an hour).
  6. Cut into 18 bars. Keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Makes 18 bars.