The other day on facebook, I saw a recipe on my friend Steven’s page that looked really good. I’ve made my share of protein balls and other energy bars, but this recipe turned out so good. I did modify it a bit, though, based on my personal tastes and what I had in stock.
They hold up well if you’re planning on taking them with you on a run. Although, if it’s a hot day I might not choose these, because I’m pretty sure they would get soft and sticky in the heat. I have been eating them as a recovery food. I don’t like to eat a big meal post workout, so a small square of one of these works out perfect. I made them as part of my Sunday Food Prep, if you’re not sure what that is take a look HERE
I feel I should warn you, these are not low in calories, so if you are watching those, keep your portion size small.
How to Make
In a food processor add the following and blend until smooth:
1 cup of natural peanut butter or Sunbutter
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Honey
1/2 cup of Pitted Dates or Figs
1/8 cup of Flax Meal (Optional)
1/8 cup of Chia seeds (Optional)
1/4 Plain or Vanilla Protein Power (Optional)
1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon or Nutmeg
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Coconut oil
Mix the following in by hand or pulse in with the food processor:
1/2 cup of chopped nuts
1 cup of Rolled Oats
1/8 cup of shelled Sunflower Seeds
1/8 cup of dried Gogi Berries, dried fruit, or cocoa nibs
1/8 cup of 70% Dark Chocolate chips
Form the Bars by pressing the mixture into an 8X8 baking dish, cover with wax paper, and press down once again to smooth.
Refrigerate until firm (about an 1 hour), then slice into bite sized squares and enjoy. Store them in your refrigerator.
Tell me in the comments below other things you would add in!