RECIPE: The Ultimate Energy Bar For Ultra Runners

I felt totally over-the-moon when my lovely friend, superwoman and a badass CrossFit-er Georgina came up with this recipe for my blog.. You definitely need to check her out – head over to her blog (Fitcetera) where she talks about all things running, fitness, fun, beautiful leggings, healthy food and recipes and…etcetera. You won’t be disappointed 😉

Energy Bar For Ultra Runners -  Coconut, Cranberry and Macadamia Bars

I’m told that ultra-running isn’t about pace or position, but rather the faces, places, and of course the cake stops.

Food has a very important place in all runners’ hearts, but for the ultra-runner, it’s even more important.

Sacred, even.

So when Lenka, ultra-runner extraordinaire (she won her very first ultra-race, don’t you know!) asked me to create a recipe for ultra-runners for her lovely website, the pressure was immense. I needed to create something easy-to-bake but full of nutritious energy and with a flavour worthy of an ultra-runners refined taste-buds. After all, what better cake-taste-testers are there than people who run for miles and miles and miles and miles?

I decided right away to go with a bar – easy to make and easy to consume, it was the obvious choice. I wanted something relatively healthy, so decided to use my sugar-free power bar recipe as the base, but I decided that the ultra-runner might want something a little more sweet. So I turned to a favourite snack of mine for inspiration… cranberry and macadamia nuts.

Coconut, Cranberry and Macadamia Bars

This recipe combines some of my favourite ingredients all in one bake for a cake-like bar that can be eaten on the go with minimal mess. I’m not one for crumbly food, it just annoys me, so this has a more dense texture that is easy to munch. Gluten (buy gluten-free oats to be sure if you do have an intolerance) and dairy-free, this recipe can also be made eggless with a chia pudding substitute.

The Ultimate Energy Bar For Ultra Runners -  Coconut, Cranberry and Macadamia Bars
These bars really are tasty, and even passed the fiancé taste-test. If you bake them, please let me know what you think, and tag me (@fitcetera) and Lenka in your photos!


The Ultra Running Energy Bar
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 cup oat flour (or blitzed up oats)
  3. 3 medium bananas
  4. ½ cup smooth nut butter
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  6. 2 eggs
  7. ½ cup cranberries (I used sweetened, but you can use unsweetened)
  8. ½ cup flaked coconut
  9. ¾ cup macadamia nuts
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees C. Line a 20 x 20 cm tin with baking paper.
  2. Mix the oats and oat flour.
  3. Mash the banana and mix into the oat mix with the nut butter, honey and eggs until well combined.
  4. Roughly chop the macadamia nuts into chunky pieces and stir through the oat mix with the cranberries and flaked coconut.
  5. Scrape your mixture into the lined tin and smooth off with the back of the spoon.
  6. Bake for 20-25 mins until the top springs back when you press it with your finger.
  7. Leave to cool, then transfer to a chopping board and cut into 12 bars.
  1. Nutrition Info
  2. Per bar: 278kcals, 8.9g fat, 47.2g carbohydrate, of which 23.9g sugar, 6.9g protein.
  3. Note: nutrition info from My Fitness Pal and for guideline only.
Adapted from Sugar-Free Power Bars
Right, I’m off to make these happy bars…

What about you? What bars do you use on your ultra runs and races?

Lenka Istvanova

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