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    ...need...more...power... Red is Faster!'s Avatar
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    To those of you that are sick of Gu, powerbars, and all of that other %$#&(@, try these:

    http://www.myrnahaag.com/pages/barsrecipe.php

    Myrna is a local triathlete who started making these when she would compete in Ironmans and other events. They are good on the bike, at least in my experience. They are VERY dense when you cook them, and they travel well in a jersey pocket or a bento box. Somewhat gooey if you don't cook them too much. I prefer gooey over dry myself. If doing a serious ride, only eat with water. DO NOT mix with Gu2O or gatorade. Major cramps will occur!

    By my math, once you have all of the ingredients, they are about $0.30 - $0.50 a serving. A lot cheaper than the in store stuff, plus they taste better. Enjoy.

    Edit:
    Ironman bar recipe below in my later post:
    Last edited by Red is Faster!; 11-30-05 at 06:02 PM.

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    They sound great. A question about the recipe: when it says "blend" does it mean in a blender or are ingredients mixed in a bowl? Does any part of it require a blender?

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    When you "blend" you are actually mashing together the bananas and such into a thick paste. I would skip using a blender for this step. I good potato masher is a must here! I personally put the oats into a CLEAN AND DRY blender to turn them into more of a flour like texture. My girlfriend does not even bother with this step. The end result is a bar with more or less "texture". Flaxseed can be bought in many different textures. Look around if you see something that doesn't look like it will work.

    BTW I actually skip the icing.

    I have a friend who uses applesauce to some extent to give it an apple cinanmon flavor. Experiment to find out what you like.

    I have another recipe that she does not publish on her site. I need to get her permision before I post it.
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    hmm a lot of fibre and fat for an energy bar. 10g of fat works out to be 37% of calories from fat. While fibre is great for out of exercise eating that much fibre 7g could lead to problems in longer events. Sounds like a very healthy snack but not so great as an energy bar. Even you say it causes cramps...

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    Could you post the recipe(s) here? I can't seem to open the web site.
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red is Faster!
    Myrna is a local triathlete who started making these when she would compete in Ironmans and other events.
    That makes me smile. That's how PowerBars were started! She should develop and sell them and maybe someday she can sell her company to Nestle as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrom
    That makes me smile. That's how PowerBars were started! She should develop and sell them and maybe someday she can sell her company to Nestle as well!
    Who developed powerbars? Mobil? That would make sense then

    I am not making this story up: She gets together with local athletes and cooks these by the hundreds, then gives them to local stores to sell. All procedes go to help local charities. She doesn't take a dime! I doubt she would sell out! Oh and she's fast on a bike too! Don't give her "the look" unless you want a tough battle.

    Regarding the other recipe, I will post it here once I have her permission to do so.
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    My sister and brother-in-law invented them (and created the market for that matter). PowerBars really took off when Lance won his first Tour de France and attributed it to the PowerBar.

    Selling out? There's nothing bad about making a great product you believe in, pouring your life into it, and selling it to a company that can better adapt to a changing market to live comfortably for the rest of your lives.

    Admittedly, sometimes the things that are best for your body aren't necessairly the tastiest. I've had my favorite flavors, but I suspect what will work best for your ride is a Milky Way.

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    I'm sure the recipie is good but who has the time. I like Cliff Bars just the right mix of fat, protein, fiber, etc for me.

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    Recipe for the Ironman bars below

    Quote Originally Posted by Redrom
    My sister and brother-in-law invented them (and created the market for that matter). PowerBars really took off when Lance won his first Tour de France and attributed it to the PowerBar.

    Selling out? There's nothing bad about making a great product you believe in, pouring your life into it, and selling it to a company that can better adapt to a changing market to live comfortably for the rest of your lives.

    Admittedly, sometimes the things that are best for your body aren't necessairly the tastiest. I've had my favorite flavors, but I suspect what will work best for your ride is a Milky Way.
    You hear that sound.....
    That's your sister and brother-in-law laughing all the way to the bank!!!
    Kudos to them! Seriously. I personally can't stand them, but I do eat them when they are on sale at Sams or if thats all I can find that day. I bet they were much better when family made them.

    Oh yeah, and I personally have been known to eat a Snickers Bar and a Mountain Dew when a two hour ride turns into a four hour one! Snickers has nuts! Better than the Milky Way!

    Here's the Ironman Recipe. If you have problems with he fat content, remove the nuts. It's not like they are the polysaturated, or transfatty kind. I don't like walnuts so I just use something else. The coconut is optional too.

    Mryna Ironman Bars (Full credit to Myrna Haag at http://www.myrnahaag.com/)

    1 Large Banana
    1 cooked sweet potato (I put in th microwave for about 5-7 minutes and peel off skin when cooked)
    Mash these up into a good thick paste then add:
    3/4 cup honey (buy this at Sams or Costco and save a bunch of $$$)
    1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
    2 tablespoons cinnamon (yes that is NOT a misprint)
    1/4 cup ground flax seeds
    Blend (mix) until smooth (I do not use a blender BTW) potato masher is your friend here
    Now add:
    2 cups oats
    3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
    Mix ingredients and pack into a pan (pack being the operative word at this point) Sugested thickness is 1 inch. Sprinkle coconut on top (again optional to those who are soooooo fat conscious above!)

    Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes

    Reds notes:
    I will put the oats in a DRY CLEAN BLENDER to turn them into more of a flour. The recipe is good either way so blender is really not needed.

    When I bake these, I either undercook them for use on the bike, or cook them as above for snacks around the house or at work. They can get crumbly if they cook too long. IMO this is not too fun on the bike.

    I have found every ingredient at my local Grocery store except the ground flax seeds. That is ususally found at most health food stores. Your experience may be different.

    The only special tool I required was my potato masher. I copied her recipe directly as she put it. I interpret blend to mean "mix"

    She "estimated" the nutrition to be for a 2" x 2" square to be:
    60g carbs
    6g protein
    3g fat
    270 calories
    I don't know where she came up with those numbers.

    They also digest slowly so don't eat your first one an hour into a two hour ride. I ususally eat one at the begining and eat only with water (crampage)

    Oh, and if you don't like them, that's OK too. I am not trying to sell anything here, nor is Myrna. We are just trying to give everyone info on something we, and our friends like, instead of buying those "EVIL POWERBARS" You know they are just a large conspiracy since they sold out....

    Did you know you can patch a tube with a power bar and related wrapper? I've done it! That's for another post...
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    Much better no broccoli,carrots or flaxseed; good stuff but thats for after your ride.

    Far more carbs, less fat and fibre than that first one. Almost as much protein.

    More fitting I would say; thats why she ate this during her race not that first one.

    Good stuff

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    Thanks for posting the recipe. I'm going to have to try them. I like that it's filled with all natural foods.

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    Man, I was so close! Snickers and Mt. Dew, I should have known.

    I don't know if they tasted any better back then, that was before they had Pria and all these other candy bar types. But it was fun tasting the new creations and flavors they were creating and filling out the surveys. I always wanted them to make strawberry shortcake, and key lime pie.

    I realize you're joking around about selling out, I just couldn't resist a thread that mentioned PowerBars to brag a bit...

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    I went into my kitchen and discovered I had all of the ingredients.

    I just made a batch. Very easy. Literally took about 10 minutes of mixing. I steamed a sweet potato and added 1 1/2 frozen bananas to it (frozen are all I have). Made it very easy to mix. Also, I only had 1/2 cup honey, so I reduced the wheat flour, left out the salt. . . and baked for 40 minutes. These might make the rounds for the holidays. They are great.

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrom
    I realize you're joking around about selling out, I just couldn't resist a thread that mentioned PowerBars to brag a bit...
    Hmmmm. I never said they sold out? Just so you know where I come from, I would LOVE to sell out one day! WHo wouldn't love to sell some invention and make a paycheck with MANY comas in it!

    I could finally keep up with those guys who say they ride 350-400 miles a week around here!


    Er, well maybe! At least I would eat better!
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