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Easy Almost-Raw Superfood Energy Bars – Coconut Chocolate Chip

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I get lazy. I reach for what's easy instead of what's healthy, especially when I've had a long day and I'm drained. That's why I am a BIG fan of healthy energy bars. Lara Bars, Luna Bars, Clif Bars, Kind Bars. They're great, but they're expensive, and have too much sugar for my taste. I'm trying to cut down on refined sugar, these bars have NO added sugar; a light sweetness comes from the dates and the chocolate chunks. Makes a great on-the-go snack. Having these around I'm less likely to reach for cookies or candy or other unhealthy snacks just because they're around. It manages to satisfy the craving for sweetness but is high in protein, thanks to the hemp protein powder, and Omega 3s, thanks to the flax seeds or chia seeds.

Ingredients

  • 250 g almonds, soaked 3-5 hours
  • 250 g dates, soaked 30 minutes
  • 100 g coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 75 g shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 25 g maca powder (optional)
  • 60 g hemp protein powder
  • 45 g flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 90 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100 g crisp rice or other crunchy cereal

Soak the almonds, and add the dates for the last half hour. This step is optional, but it will make things easier to mix. Drain.

Place all the ingredients except crisp rice in a food processor. Pulse or blend until the mixture is thick and sticky. Add the crisp rice and pulse until combined, or stir in with a spoon, depending on whether you want it ground up.

Lightly grease a loaf pan or two, depending on how thick you want your bars to be, and press the mixture into the pan. Refrigerate an hour or so, or until easy to slice. Slice into bars.

Written by Jessi

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