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1/9/2016 12:48 AM
 
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!
 
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1/11/2016 12:19 PM
 
Right on! I've always wondered about this, but haven't had the answer other than knowing they provide a clean and relatively long burn in my body. Thanks for doing the legwork.

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1/26/2016 8:29 PM
 
I am so interesting in making a batch. I do wonder however, how well do these keep? I wonder if vacuum sealing would help extend the life of the bars.

What have you guys found to be the average time that these stay "good"?
 
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1/27/2016 8:51 AM
 
A couple weeks at room temp in a tupperware tub. I've been wanting to vacuum seal myself but haven't gotten to it.

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