Week 3 of energy bar Sundays…and have I got an energy bar for you!
What could be more tempting than a CHOCOLATE energy bar this is also healthy for you? Throw in some almond butter and you have a decadent, rich, snack…that is, (did I mention?) healthy for you!
The great thing about making your own energy bars is that you can experiment with all different flavour combinations to personalize the recipe. You can follow this recipe or make substitutions based on your preferences. (Depending on what substitutions you make, you might have to adjust the quantities of some other ingredients.)
Here are some that you might want to try:
Chocolate chips: add 1/4 cup of carob chips instead or cocoa powder if you like the flavour of bittersweet chocolate.
Agave nectar: brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, or icing sugar (NOT regular sugar as it will give the bars a grainy texture)
Almonds: another “sweet” nut such as macadamia, pecans, hazelnuts
Walnuts: cashews, sunflower seeds
Figs and dates: replace with your favourite dried fruit (apricots, apples, raisins, cranberries, cherries, etc)
Almond butter: replace with your favourite nut butter
Unsalted nuts: use salted if you like the sweet-salty contrast in sweets or desserts.
Vanilla extract: replace with another flavour, such as mint or orange extract.
(Yields about 6 2 x 3 inch bars)
1 packed cup large Medjool dates (about 8-10 dates)
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted almonds
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted walnuts
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground flax seed
1 tsp. agave nectar or other liquid sweetener
1/4 cup melted chocolate chips
1/8 tsp. salt
Place chocolate chips in a small bowl and heat in the microwave in 15-20 second intervals. Stir the chips after heating to spread the heat so they melt evenly.
*TIP: Do not continue to heat the chips if there are only a few solid pieces. The pieces will melt once you stir them. (If you overheat the chips they will burn and get crumbly instead of smooth and creamy!)
Add all the ingredients to a large food processor.
Pulse until well combined. Double check that all the nuts and dates have blended completely.
Line a small biscotti pan (or pan of choice) with parchment paper.
Add the mix to the pan then flatten with your hands to form a rectangular log (I make mine about 1 1/2 inches thick).
Allow to cool and firm up in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours. Remove by lifting the parchment paper then peeling off the back of the bars. Once cooled cut into desired shapes.
Which Bites for Babies energy bar recipes have you tried?
Do you have a favourite recipe?