Tara Gidus

Fall Apple Crisp Bar

Fall is here...

And that means pumpkin pies, caramel apples, spiced ciders, and crunchy leaves beneath your sneakers.  

But how does a typical fall menu loaded with extra fats and sugars fit into your training plan? How do you balance the enjoyment of the season without ruining the daily work you put forth for your race?

I know how much you love the runner recipes so here I'm introducing a fall inspired energy bar that complements a workout. A training bar that you can be confident about eating because it lacks added sugars and preservatives, and also tastes delicious! We've talked about the essentiality of smart snacking for runners, and this bar contains the fiber, protein, and carbohydrates that proves beneficial for fueling healthy runners.

What is your favorite food of the season?   

Apple Spice Energy Bars

Serves:  8

Apple Crisp Bar

½ cup raw almonds
½  cup raw cashews
8 dried figs, stems removed
½ cup raisins
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup unsweetened dried apple chips
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/3 cup toasted coconut, large flakes
Place nuts into a food processor and blend until a "powder-like" consistency. Add remaining ingredients and blend until a ball is formed. Line square baking dish with parchment paper, and place dough in center, pressing down evenly to shape to pan. Cut into 8 even bars. Roll each bar in coconut flakes. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Comments or questions? Tweet me @DietDivaTara.

Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.