Admittedly, part of the reason why I thought the Hurt 100 trail race looked fun, was the amazing food. Volunteers make this amazing spread of easy-to-eat, delicious food from scratch, things like soft quinoa balls with asiago cheese, all kinds of different rice balls, pieces of vegetarian burrito, yams with salt, and of course, homemade baking. They literally send you on your way with a to-go bag of delicious food. How can you not want to do whatever race this is?!
Traditionally, I struggle with eating enough during a race. I struggle to chew, and when I counter that with gels, my body revolts after about 20. (Yes! I once at 25!) I try all sorts of things– pop tarts, yam fries, gels, dates, quesadillas, even baby food! But nothing has stuck, and I usually go through some period where I despise that too-sweet or too-savoury certain food more than anything!
And then, there are Barbie’s HURT 100 homemade vegan granola bars. I tried one thanks to a volunteer’s suggestion at mile 20, and I was hooked. I ate these, happily, for 28 hours straight. And I still love them, which really shows how much they worked for me. At each aid station, I would literally grab two or three and easily devour them up the climbs. They were soft, perfectly neutral tasting, and packed with energy. And if that wasn’t enough, the divine bars were perfectly wrapped for tired runners. Barbie and her friends hauled ass before the race to prepare each of the ~300 homemade bars with an easy-tear fashion for us! (Bit guilty, I probably devoured about 30 of the bars or 10% of the total available. If everyone ate them at this rate Barbie and her crew would have to make 3,000 before HURT!) I always felt great after eating these bars. It was a big part of my comeback!
I swore allegiance to these bars after HURT and Barbie was kind enough to share the recipe with me so I can continue to eat these and live happily ever after.
Barbie’s Amazing Get-You-Through Hurt 100 Bars
*with Alicia’s lazier version in brackets and italics.
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toast in dry skillet; can use any seed or nut. (I toasted walnuts, pumpkin seeds and almonds. It was a near-burn save!)
- 1/2 cup each 3 of your favourite dried fruit– things like chopped dates, raisins, dried apricots (cut up), dried cherries, or cranberries. Pulse all together on food processor or blender; will be sticky. (I didn’t bother to blend, I just cut mine real small.)
- Melt 4 tbsp vegan butter, 1 and 1/2 cup pnut butter, 1 and 1/2 bags marshmallows, remove from heat, quickly stir in 1 cup powdered milk or 2 scoops protein powder, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract optional. (I didn’t use any extracts, and added a bit less marshmallows. Also, I’m not vegan myself, so I added skim milk powder, and normal butter. And tons of cinnamon!)
- Pour in nut mix, 1 cup quick oats, 7 cup rice krispies. (I forgot those, so I didn’t bother with the rice krispies.)
- Mix quickly and pour onto rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil and press with wet hands. Cut and enjoy!!
They are delicious, easy to eat while running, and will make all your running buds happy!