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DIY Energy Bar

The Inquisition is all about cycling, eating and DIY (in the make anything sense not the home improvement sense). Well, making your own food, for long or intensely energetic cycles, covers all three of the Inquisition’s obsessions. Best of all the whole process takes about 5 minutes.

You’ll need

  • 200g of honey
  • A big jar of peanut butter
  • ground cinnamon
  • icing sugar
  • porridge oats
  • greaseproof paper/teflon baking sheet
  • a microwave
  • a fridge
  • the steely determination to not eat any as you make it

Rock ‘n’ Roll

In the microwaveable bowl, which isn’t listed in the things you’ll need, roughly mix in the peanut butter and the honey. Put the bowl into the microwave, which is listed, for about 2 mins. This is not to cook the bars, but just to make the ingredients malleable. In fact, the bars will not really be cooked at all.

When the buzzer goes off you have to take the bowl out (you wouldn’t believe how many morons there are out there). Now maintain concentration because its about to get difficult…

…put a heaped teaspoonful of the ground cinnamon into the mixture and stir it well.

Still there? Marvellous. Just so you know – you could have put in more or less cinnamon as you wanted, it’s just, well, you know, the morons…

Now, put in a handful of porridge oats and mix it all up nicely. Repeat with another two or three handfuls until its getting to the oats-to-mixture ratio you would like. You’ll just have to judge this for yourself.


Finally spoon it out onto your greaseproof paper. At this point, it very much looks like cat sick. When its cool, sprinkle it with the icing sugar. This makes it taste nice but also means its easier to unwrap as you cycle, as its not stuck to the cling film or tinfoil.

The third effect of the icing sugar is to disguise the cat-sick-look of your patty. This camouflage effect happens because it is a very rare thing that people will actually dust a real cat sick with icing sugar.

Cut it up into pieces and keep them in the fridge. Put a bar in your pocket before you go out on the bike. This bit is crucial.

This is an adaptation of BarryG’s recipe on BikeRadar. The additions are inspired by Clif bars’ quality.

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