Jeff Is Cookin’!

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I was contacted a while back by the folks over at Matisse &
to give their Trail Blaze bake-at-home oatmeal energy bars a try. i’m always one for trying out new products and their pitch for the bars sounded great. Bake ’em yourself, save some money, no packaging or preservatives and enjoy a home baked flavor instead of the typical packaged bars like Clif or Powerbar.


The boxes arrived, one cranberry walnut and one chocolate chip. I baked up the first batch and was surprised at how easy and quick it was to get going. They come as a dry mix and require a ‘wet ingredient’; either just applesauce for a vegan recipe or applesauce and yogurt. I took the applesauce/yogurt route and within 30 minutes, I had my first batch ready. The batch made nine bars, which would last me for about a week or two.

Over the next few weeks, i used the bars on all of my longer runs and as a recovery food after harder workouts. I was incredibly pleased with the taste of the bars. As promised, they tasted just like a home-baked treat. The best thing about them, aside from the taste, though, was how well they sat when eaten during a hard workout. I used them extensively while training for and racing the Twin Peaks 50k/50m. I was able to eat a bar during a hard workout and not have it sit heavy in my stomach and the energy release was always smooth and not accompanied by a sugar spike and drop.

When the initial two boxes ran out, I was quick to order another batch of boxes. Order from Matisse & Jack’s; buying five boxes at a time results in free
shipping. That, coupled with the inexpensive price of $4.99 a box, means I come out way ahead vs. purchasing the packaged bars at the local stores.

Each bar is about 180 calories; 4.5g of fat, 22g of carbs, 9g of protein. Here’s what Matisse & Jack’s say:

You’ll be surprised by the taste, and forget that you’re eating an energy bar. This doesn’t have the overly tough texture of most energy bars; no sore jaws here. Our Cranberry Walnut is a hearty mix of crunchy chunks of walnut, oats, and plump cranberries-a great option for breakfast, or as a recovery snack. Meanwhile, our Chocolate chip is a guiltless indulgence; made with high quality Guittard chocolate and organic rolled oats.

I wholeheartedly agree. Matisse & Jack’s have made a customer for life!

About Jeff Smith

Initially running to escape his two younger sisters, Jeff has been running as far back as he can remember. Through high school, the Marines and Super Hero Training School, Jeff kept at the left-right-left right but without focus. In 1999 he stepped up to the challenge of organizing a running group, began informal coaching and applied some goals to his own running. Now with several respectable distances and times under his belt, he spends most of his time running for the pure joy of it, encouraging other runners to tap into their potential, saving kittens stranded in trees and helping the elderly cross the street.

One Comment
  1. bold on February 23rd at 7:39 pm

    ok, ok, i’ll try them!

    quit spamming my blog’s comment section you, you… YOU!

    Mmmmmmmm, chocolate chip…..