Frequently Asked Questions

 

energy food recipes

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

All you really need is some sort of food processor or blender and then some basic household items and you are ready to go. No expensive or complicated equipment needed. Check out exactly what I use and recommend HERE

DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RECIPES EXACTLY? CAN I SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS?

Yes you can totally substitute ingredients. Thats one of the things that is so awesome about homemade energy snacks. They can be customised to suit your dietary requirements or allergies. Sometimes though you need some different proportions of ingredients depending on what your making. I go through some common substitutions you can easily make in my Free Homemade Energy Bar Starter Kit. Grab a copy here or feel free to email me on karen@realenergyfood.com and I’d be happy to give you some suggestions.

HOW LONG DO THE ENERGY SNACKS USUALLY LAST?

This one does depend on what you are making but generally as a rule I keep my bars for about a week in the fridge or I freeze them. All my energy bar and protein bar recipes can be frozen. Ready to be defrosted as you hike or bike your way up an awesome trail, ready to eat by the time your ready for an energy boost.

I’M ON A TIGHT BUDGET. ARE THE INGREDIENTS EXPENSIVE?

Some of the ingredients can be expensive but have you checked out how expensive store bought bars are? Some protein bars in Australia sell for $5 per bar! Making my own bars at home has always saved me money when compared to buying the same bars in the store. But also if there is an ingredient that is particularly expensive or hard to find you can always substitute it out with something else that fits more into your budget. I also buy a lot of my ingredients online. There are some great online retailers where you can buy some of the more expensive items such as chia seeds at a discount. The other thing that I find really helps is make a shopping list. Then you know exactly what you are getting at the store and won’t be adding extra items that can add a lot extra to your shopping bill.

I’M ALLERGIC TO NUTS. DO YOU HAVE ANY NUT FREE RECIPES?

I sure do. I love nuts and am so glad that I am not allergic but I know that there are lots of you out there that are. So I definitely make sure to include some nut free recipes. You can also substitute tahini for nut butters and pumpkin or sesame seeds in the bars for a nutty crunch without the issues.

WHAT AREA SOME ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS I WILL NEED TO PURCHASE?

There are definitely some ingredients that we use over and over again in our bars and so always keep in our house. These include:

  • medjool dates
  • almonds & walnuts (Or any of your favorite nuts or seeds)
  • an awesome nut butter (Check that there is only one ingredient on the ingredient list such as just peanuts or just almonds. There are too many nut butters out there that add unhealthy and unnecessary ingredients to nut butter like vegetable oils. Check your packaging and opt for a brand that only uses nuts to make nut butter. Or make your own)
  • protein powder (I use whey protein or a range of vegan protein powders like pea, brown rice or a pea, brown rice, cranberry protein blend)
  • coconut flour
  • coconut oil
  • cocao (make sure again your getting a good quality raw cocao. You will taste the difference in your bar. Confused about the differences between cocoa and cocao? Check out my post here where I explain the differences)

I have included a more comprehensive list of these along with some substitutions in my Free Energy Bar Starter Kit. Check it out HERE. 

ingredients collage

 

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