Apple Oat Pre-Workout Bars Recipe

I’m not fancy, but there are a few foods that I try to buy organic 83% of the time. My list is partially inspired by the dirty dozen, partially inspired by my wallet/mood/horoscope. Apples are one of those foods I really try to get organic, but that means they’re expensive!

So, I was a little pissed last week when I bit into my organic five dollar apple and it was ashy. Boo. Not cool. #FirstWorldProblems to the max so I should just shut up, but it’s part of the story so go with me here.

ashy apples are the worst (376x502)

I wasn’t about to throw it away. So, I had to think fast. I decided to whip up a batch of Pre-Workout Bars with all the essentials of a before sweat sesh treat –

Carbs for energy

Fat for satiation

Chia seeds for magical running powers (+fiber & omega-3)

Salt for sodium

Apples for appleness

Boom. And so my Pre-Run Apple Chia Bars where born.

pre run apple chia bars (669x502)

Pre-Run Apple Chia Bars Recipe


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup oats blended to flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tb chia seeds
  • 1/2 heaping cup grated apple
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla & baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • add – milk sub to make batter-like if it’s too thick
  • optional: cranberries or raisins for extra sweetness and chew!

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grate apple to make a heaping 1/2 cup (this was one larger apple for me). My apple was very water-y which added to the liquid in this recipe. If yours is dry you might want to add a splash of liquid.

ashy apple for baking

Mix wet ingredients. If PB is too thick nuke it for a few seconds to make it easier to mix. Then mix, dry ingredients. If batter is too thick to pour add a few splashes of milk. Combine and pour into a well greased square baking pan. Bake until set and let cool completely before cutting. Store in fridge.

Enjoy before a run!

pre run apple chia granola bars (376x502)

Or after your run with a glass of milk for some extra protein!

(These are another version I made that didn’t have enough carbs for pre-run fuel.)

 pre run granola bars with apple and chia (376x502)

Question: What fruit do you want to marry?

I want to marry watermelon! Obviously.


  1. says

    Good job on salvaging that apple and turning into a cool recipe! Did you use 1 cup of oats total? I hate thinking about the dirty dozen. I read a book by Jillian Michaels last year about all the crap in our food & water that messes with our metabolism. It really grosses me out.

  2. says

    You are truly creative!

    I’m trying these chia bars as soon as I can get out of the house to the store – snowed in again. I won’t be running outdoors in the near future!

    I might tweak the recipe by reducing the brown sugar (gotta keep true to the low sugar eating plan!).

  3. Shannon in Tustin says

    I want to marry a peach. A big, plump, dark blush colored, super fragrant California peach. We will live happily, ever-after! 😀

  4. Sarah says

    Is that a Red Delicious? Those turn mealy so fast! Especially when you consider it was harvested months ago and has been sitting in a gassy warehouse. I’m having good luck with Fuji and Pink Ladies lately, but I live in the apple state (WA) so I’m spoiled.

  5. says

    Haha I love the graphic that says it’s more expensive because a cow pooped all over it. I don’t usually buy organic, and the one time I did, I bought some avocados (LOVE avocado) only to go home and find out they were bad. I was so mad! After spending like $10 on three avocados I decided that I wouldn’t be buying organic anymore!

  6. Anne C says

    Cantaloupe. Can’t wait to try this recipe! My 3 year old will probably marry an apple soon- that’s all he wants to eat these days. He’s going to love these

  7. Nurit says

    Hi there! I used your recipe to bake bars (though I changed apple for banana) and it turned out AWESOME! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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