The creation of energy bars has given fit people an excuse to sometimes eat nothing more than a glorified candy bar. Words like “natural,” “energy,” or “protein” can lead us to believe that what we’re eating is good for us, when the truth is, these bars are usually so processed and sugar-laden that you end up feeling tired, not energetic.
A quick fix to this? Homemade no-bake energy bars that you can take with you everywhere you go. Perfect for that afternoon slump, all you need is a food processor or blender and a few key ingredients. Make a big batch and store in the freezer or refrigerator.
I like to compare these bars (in taste) to Clif. They have the same chewy texture, though they aren’t as hard or as sweet. They give me instant energy and are full of protein and essential fatty acids. High in antioxidants and flavonoids, they help reduce free radical damage in the body as well as improve cellular recovery. I originally snagged this recipe from THRIVE, but have changed a few key things. Enjoy!
Parchment paper (optional, to individually wrap like this)
1 cup fresh or soaked dried dates
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, though I like frozen for this recipe)
1/4 cup roasted carob powder
1/4 cup flax seeds (ground)
1/4 cup hemp protein
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbs. fresh lemon juice
Let’s get started.
In a food processor, process all ingredients until…
Press flat into a glass container or cut into bars and store in individual baggies.
I like to throw mine in the fridge and take out individual portions when I’m running around.
All this good stuff in one, simple bar…
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