What do you think?

  • rbfx4x

    Too much sugar in this, and low fat. I thought it was supposed to be healthy?

    • FitnessFirstAU

      Hi rbfx4x, 1/4 cup of honey is roughly 85g. To calculate how many teaspoons of sugar in each gram – you divide by 4 – so this equates to roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar. The recipe makes 12- 14 bars – so you’re looking at roughly 1-1.5 tspns of sugar (from honey) in each bar. The natural sugar (fructose) found in figs also comes with hunger-busting fibre, which helps to slow down the release of sugars – there is roughly ½ tsps of added sugars in each bar. So the total added sugars (including those from honey and figs) in each bar equates to roughly 2 tspns. Not a lot considering a can of coke contains roughly 10-12 tspn of sugar and a chocolate bar (e.g. mars bar) has roughly 8 tspns. So there are far worse off foods. Bear in mind, it’s almost impossible to avoid sugar completely!
      As for fats – the total fat may be high, however it’s the TYPE of fats that are most important. All the fats in the bar are ‘unsaturated’ – meaning they come from plant sources (i.e. nuts). Unlike a chocolate bar or banana bread, the fats are saturated or are chemically altered – hence contains trans fats. The bottom line is – not all calories are created equal. The matcha bars contain healthy fats and portion sizes are small. Hope this helps to clarify!

      • rbfx4x

        It’s still too much sugar (fructose) for me. As a pre-diabetic (controlled 100% by diet) it would spike my blood glucose.

        I made an alternative with…
        1 cup walnuts
        1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
        1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
        1/2 cup Flax (linseed) meal
        2 tbsp Chia Seeds
        1/4 cup Maca Root
        1/2 tsp Salt
        1 tsp Vanilla Powder
        1/2 tsp ginger powder
        1/4 tsp clove powder
        1/4 cup Coconut Oil
        1/3 cup Macadamia Butter
        2 Tbsp Mesquite Powder

        Process nuts/seeds in food processor until finely chopped
        Add to flax, chia, maca, mesquite, salt/spices in a bowl.
        Warm coconut oil, macadamia butter in a saucepan. pour into the nuts/seeds mixture in the bowl and mix well.
        Press the mixture into a baking pan or dish using baking paper to stop it sticking and set in the fridge.

        Cut into 8 bars. Per bar: 10.4g Protein, 27.8g fat, 5.75g Carb

        This energy bar has plenty of healthy saturated fat, a bit of protein and a little low GI carbs.

        I’ve tested the bars and they provide energy for my lifting workouts while actually lowering my blood glucose postprandial. While they might not be as sickly sweet as your recipe, they are delicious.

        Thanks for the reply! Sorry if you were concerned about my post above but a low fat, sugary treat is not my idea of healthy :)