Athlete Food

Protein bars

Protein bars

These little squares of yummy-ness are from a recipe given to me by Duncan Shea-Simonds (@DSS123) an Ironman Triathlete, whose recipes and food on Facebook  I have admired from afar 🙂

I’ve included a Vegan option, as well as the standard Vegetarian one. Both are equally good. You may have to play around with the amount of protein powder to get the right consistency to the bars. I’ve decided to chop my dates, rather than risk losing the other half of my tooth to another stone…

The mixture makes about 44 small squares, so I suggest making half the quantity at your first attempt! They keep for weeks-well, they would if I didn’t keep eating them! Warning: About 300 calories for a twix sized finger!


  • 100g cashews
  • 100g almonds
  • 50g oats
  • 30g chia seeds
  • 100g whey protein (or mixture of hemp/pea/etc)
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp Maldon sea salt
  • 40g dark chocolate
  • 200g dates
  • 50g apricots
  • 50g cranberries
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 50g honey
  • 40g dark chocolate (more depending on how thick you want the topping to be)
  1. Blend dry ingredients to a coarse mix in a food processor or liquidiser
  2. Chop dried fruit finely (alternatively use food processor)
  3. Melt coconut oil, honey and chocolate in a bain marie (a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water)
  4. Combine all ingredients
  5. Press into a baking tin approx. 12”x 9.5”
  6. Chill in fridge for a few hours, then cut into small 2” squares

Eat and enjoy!


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