recipe: ridiculously good homemade protein bars

These addictive energy bars are easy to make, easy to store and really easy to eat!  I love to eat one after a run or when I’m feeling a bit run down and need an energy boost.

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My Recipe:

1 cup whole raw almonds

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup raisins

2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds

1 Tbsp. flax seeds                                                                                                                 

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. pure Vanilla Powder (I used Cook’s Vanilla Bean Extract)

1 scoop of high quality protein powder (I use Brad King’s Ultimate Vegan)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 

Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until ingredients form into a ball (the dates hold everything together, so if you need to, add a bit more). energyPour the mix onto parchment paper & pat down with your hands.

removed from parchment and ready to cut
removed from parchment and ready to cut

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Cut into squares, wrap in parchment paper and store in your refrigerator.  You can freeze them too.energy2

Tip #1: Cut a small piece of parchment paper to help pat the mixture down with.  This will prevent mix from sticking to your hands.

TIP #2: Medjool dates are the best and easiest for removing the pits.

TIP #3: Experiment with different combinations like cranberries instead of raisins, or a combo of half sour cherries & half raisins. This time I used raisins and unsweetened bing cherries – delicious combo!

 Enjoy!

simply satisfying –  Almond Date Bars  

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These addictive energy bars are easy to make, easy to store and really easy to eat!

1 cup whole raw almonds
1 cup pitted dates (unsweetened) – about 12
1 cup raisins (unsweetened & *unsulphured). *No preservatives.
2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp. flax seeds (I buy the kind  already ground with blueberries)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until ingredients form into a ball (the dates hold everything together, so if you need, add more). Pour the mix onto parchment paper & pat down with your hands. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Cut into squares, wrap in parchment paper and store in your refrigerator.  You can freeze them too.

Tip #1: Cut a small piece of parchment paper to help pat the mixture down with.  This will prevent mix from sticking to your hands.

TIP #2: Medjool dates are the best. You can try different combinations like cranberries instead of raisins, or a combo of half sour cherries & half raisins.  Experiment.

TIP #3: The whole recipe is rounded out to a total of 2000 calories (It’s actually a bit less) so let’s say you cut the bars into 10 equal size pieces it works out to about 200 calories per bar.  Not bad considering how rich & filling they are.

 Enjoy!

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