Energy Bars For Life
Why do I like energy bars? Well, the energy of course. Now I'll get serious for a few lines and lecture you why it's nice to have energy bars at home. Firstly, when I get a craving of something sweet in the afternoon, I'd rather eat something that also has healthy fats, fiber and protein involved instead of just processed sugars, nasty fats and suspicious ingredients you've never even heard of. Why? Because it'll make me feel better and stay fuller for longer, also because switching to wholesome snacks more often will slowly build a habit you won't want to change. Secondly, it's simply nice to know that you do have a quick and easy to carry snack waiting for you in the fridge in case such need occurs. And occur it does. Last, but not least - you can enjoy both the taste as well as the health benefits.
Why Choose Homemade Energy Bars
Homemade = no bullsh**. There, I said it. No preservatives, no nasty sweeteners, only the good stuff. You can, obviously, find energy bars of high quality that only use wholesome ingredients, but when you make such bars at home, you can adjust the taste to your needs. Almond fan? Add more of those beauties, maybe even toast them before. Love soft juicy dates? Use them as a sweetener. The list goes on... There are almost endless possibilities once you start experimenting, but to make things slightly easier, I made one recipe that might just hit the right spot for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Makes 12 bars | Hands on time: 15 minutes | Total time: 2,5 hours
- 80 g of popped amaranth
- 100 g of rolled wholegrain oats
- 100 g of sprouted buckwheat
- 80 g of hemp protein
- 120 g of dates
- 80 g of toasted almonds
- 60 g of dried cranberries
- 40 g of maple syrup
- 60 g of coconut oil
- 100 g of non dairy milk
- 60 g of dark chocolate
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Place in a food processor and pulse until chopped to very small pieces. Transfer the mixture to a square or rectangular dish lined with baking paper and press it down real hard so the mixture sticks together. Place in the fridge for at least one hour. Drizzle some melted dark chocolate on top and sprinkle some more seeds. Chill until the chocolate sets (30 mins - 1 hour) then cut into individual bars, wrap (optional). Keep in the fridge until consumed.
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