I've been a big fan of the granola bar recipe found in HPG's "free resources". We call them "Our Bars" (catchy, eh?). I always have a batch on hand and always keep one bar in my kit bag as a ration. They taste great. I divide the pan into 16ths and wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap for convenience.
This evening I set to doing a nutritional analysis on them using published nutritional information of each ingredient, divided or multiplied per the recipe. Nutritionally, these bars fare VERY favorably against quality, commercially available "food" bars. I thought you guys might be interested in the numbers:
The recipe, divided into 16ths (roughly 2"X2"X1" size bars), yields a "serving size" bar of ~38grams. Each bar has calories: 266, protein: 9.5g, fat: 10g, and carbs: 30g.
That's a lot of good "food" value per size and weight.
As a comparison, I've always liked Bear Valley's "Pemmican" bars (www.mealpack.com), advertised as a "concentrated food bar quick energy". For years these have been a staple for me as a meal supplement or meal replacement bar. They're bigger and heavier at 106.4g. Each bar has calories: 420, protein:16g, fat:12g, carbs: 58g
Per gram we see the quality difference:
HPG granola bar, per gram: calories: 7, protein: 0.25g, fat: 0.26g, carb: 0.79
"Pemmican" bar, per gram: calories: 4, protein: 0.15g, fat 0.11g, carb: 0.55
Next-- and this will be more difficult-- I'd like to figure out what they're costing me, per bar. I'm getting "Pemmican" bars at $2 per. At that same price per weight, HPG's bars would cost $12.20 per recipe batch. The ingredients ARE expensive, but I'm gonna' doubt it's costing me that.
If you haven't, whip up a batch!