Cherry and Chocolate Energy Bars

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I’m currently training for a marathon. Long distance running means that you end up burning lots of calories (approximately 100 per mile) so need to make sure that you are well fuelled before and during runs. It also means that you don’t feel too guilty about having a few more treats during the week. So I thought I’d concoct some yummy marathon energy bars. The cocoa powder is packed full of antioxidants to keep you healthy whilst dried cherries contain anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce muscle soreness during training. The golden syrup and digestive biscuits have an extremely high sugar content so will give you a quick injection of well needed energy. They also taste pretty good too.

I am also raising money for an incredible charity called Zimkids which helps support orphans and vulnerable families in Zimbabwe. You can donate by clicking this link and any donations would be very much appreciated (however small). Thank you and keep running.

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Here’s how (makes about 20 bars) (200 calories per bar): 

  • 400g unsalted butter
  • 250ml golden syrup
  • 120g cocoa powder
  • 800g digestive biscuits
  • 250g dried cherries and berries

Mix the butter, golden syrup and cocoa powder over a medium heat until everything has melted.

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Break the biscuits into chunks and stir into the mixture along with the cherries. Make sure everything is well combined.

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Spoon the mixture into a 20cm square baking tin lined with grease-proof paper. Press the mixture down into the baking tin until its even. Place in the fridge overnight and then cut into squares.

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