Occasionally I like to make my own “power-bars” to munch on. They aren’t guilt-free but they are a healthy snack to enjoy periodically. The bars are high in fat but they contain good fats and Omegas. They are high sugar but mostly from natural sources. I add chocolate to them to add to the delight but it isn’t necessary.
What I love about these bars is how you can change up the recipe for new twists. Usually my basic recipe includes:
- Flaxseed: 2 Tablespoons
- Chia: 2 Tablespoons
- Hemp Seed: 2 Tablespoons
- Almonds: 1 Cup Whole Raw
- Use a food processor to break these into smaller pieces
- Rolled Oats: 1.5 Cups
- Use a food processor to pulse the oats into smaller bits. Be careful not to turn them into flour.
- Dates: 1 Cup adds natural sweetness and flavor
- Use a food processor to grind these down into small pieces. They get “gunky” like a paste. I prefer to process my oats, then almonds, then dates in the same processor.
- 1 Large Egg helps to add protein and hold the ingredients together
- Chocolate Chips are easy to use. You can choose semi-sweet or dark.
Line a pan (typical pan you’d bake brownies in) with parchment paper. I like to make the bars thinner so they are easier to cut. Mix the ingredients and press them into the pan. The bars usually take about 20 minutes in the over at 350 degrees. There’s no science to it but you’ll see them get a “toasted” look on the edges. When they’re done turn off the oven and scatter a handful of chocolate chips over the top. Put the tray in the hot oven (but not on still) to passively melt the chocolate for about a minute. Pull the tray out and spread the melted chocolate. Once the chocolate hardens you can pull the bars out by the parchment paper and cut them into 18 pieces. The basic recipe will have about 180-200 calories per bar.
Some ideas to give the bars a twist!
- Add protein powder
- Powdered Peanut Butter
- Unsweetened Coconut
- Dried Cranberries
Feel free to try these and add your own twist. Just be careful not to over-indulge, these are a healthy treat but a little goes a long way!