I guess it was probably six years ago now (maybe more) I was looking for a simple and power-packed bar I could share with athletes. Mind you, that long ago there were a few nutrition bars on the grocery shelf (not nearly as many as the aisle that exists now), but none really had the calorie count, density, flavor and non-preservative make-up I was looking for.
So, one afternoon I whipped up what is now known as Z3 Bars.
It really was an “everything-AND-the-kitchen-sink” sort of concoction. A little honey, some peanut butter, chocolate chip chunks, chia, flax, oats, more chocolate chips. Boom! It was quick. It was tasty. It was simple.
Through the years I’ve shared the recipe with others, including with Hy-Vee Seasons magazine. Today if you search Z3 High Octane Bars you’ll find lots of posts about them including some imposters like “Coach So-and-So’s High Octane Bars”, “Simple Energy Bars”, “Energy Bon Bons”. It’s funny! It’s flattering I suppose. And, awesome that so many people like them.
I wanted to share the recipe with you. They’re just too good to keep a secret!
Contributor: Coach Jenny Weber, RD, LDPhoto Credit: Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine