Apple, Raspberry and Almond Energy Bar Recipe

These nutritious bars also work out as an effective post-run recovery treat to help replace the nutrients lost through sweat.

15 mins to prepare // 25 - 30 mins to cook // Serves 12 bars

INGREDIENTS:
•    4 Large free-range eggs
•    120g Unrefined caster sugar
•    1/2 tbsp Ground cinnamon
•    1/2 Small orange, zest only
•    190g Ground almonds
•    24 Frozen rasberries (don't defrost) 
•    1 Pink Lady® apple, unpeeled, cored and sliced thinly
•    1 tbsp Apricot jam to glaze 

PREPARATION:
1.    Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease the tray bake tin. If possible, use an individual tray bake tin that makes 12 miniature tray bakes. If you don’t have one, use 12 silicone muffin cases or an 8”/20cm loose-bottomed cake tin. 

2.    Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs. Place the yolks into one bowl and, in a separate bowl, the whites of just three of the eggs, reserving the last egg white for the glaze. 

3.    Using an electric whisk, whisk the three egg whites until they form soft peaks, then set aside. 

4.    Take the bowl with the egg yolks and add the sugar, cinnamon and orange zest. Whisk until pale and creamy. Then stir in the ground almonds. The mixture will be quite stiff. 

5.    Using a metal spoon, gently fold in the egg whites, a little at a time, until completely combined. 

6.    Spoon the mixture into your baking tray. Press one or two frozen raspberries down into each bar and then lay a couple of Pink Lady® apple slices on top, pressing the white edge down into the mixture to show off the lovely blush of the apple skin. 

7.    Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden and cooked through. 

8.    In a small bowl or cup, mix together a teaspoon of jam with a teaspoon of the remaining egg white. Using a pastry brush, carefully paint each bar with this mixture to produce a glossy finish. Leave in the tin until completely cool.