This is a great alternative to expensive energy bars. They taste a million times better than any commercial bar, has all the required ingredients for endurance activity, cheaper and probably healthier than any of the alternatives. Pine nuts and almonds are packed with essential minerals, vitamins and "heart friendly" mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help benefit in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. Similarly oats are an excellent source of slow release energy and have additional antioxidant and cholesterol lowering benefits. The sugar content helps if you are on your knees, but this is well balanced by [good] fat content helping minimise the chances of a 'sugar crash'. Pat and I have been using this recipe for a couple of years on long cycle rides and for any endurance activity in the hills. Power Flapjack was a big help in getting me around the Winter Cairngorms Circuit last year. More info here. Try it, we're sure you'll like it!
125g Butter 150g Soft brown sugar or muscovado 125g Crunchy peanut butter 75g Honey 200g Porridge oats (not jumbo oats) 150g Dried fruit, Pine Nuts, Almonds (mixed).
Line 20cm square tin. Put butter, sugar, peanut butter, honey into a large pan on a very low heat till melted. Stir in oats, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Put in tin. Sprinkle a few nuts on top. Bake 160 degrees Celsius for approx. 30mins. Leave till cold then cut (or bolt the lot while warm).