True Energy Bars

 

The term “energy bar” is a common deception found in all grocery stores and even health food stores. Many so called “energy bars” and “protein bars” contain loads of processed sugar and stimulants and have many ingredients that are hard to pronounce. With this being the case, I went on a hunt to find recipes that would provide the nutrients I needed to get through my workouts, and, of course, be super tasty! 

These energy bar recipes are the healthiest and among the easiest to prepare. There is no baking required; all you need is a food processor. These bars can also be made in large batches and stored in the freezer. They don’t freeze all the way through, so they are definitely a nice refreshing snack on a hot day! 

A few preparation notes: 

In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process until desired texture is reached. If you prefer a smooth bar, process longer. If you want a bit of a crunch and texture, blend for less time. Remove the mixture from the food processor and smooth into dish. I usually use a small, square baking pan. Another way you can shape these bars is to roll into small balls. It makes for a quick and easy way to have on hand for some quick energy.

Ginger Pear Energy Bars

Ginger aids in helping to fight inflammation and improve digestion.

1 small pear, cored

¾ cup fresh or soaked dried dates

½ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup ground flaxseed

¼ cup hemp protein

¼ cup walnuts

2tbs. grated fresh ginger

Sea salt to taste

Makes approximately 12 1-3/4 ounce bars.

 

Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bars

High in antioxidants and flavonoids, these bars help reduce free radical damage in the body and improve cellular recovery.

1 cup fresh or soaked dried dates

¼ cup almonds

¼ cup blueberries

¼ cup roasted carob powder

¼ cup ground flaxseed

¼ cup hemp protein

¼ cup sesame seeds

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. lemon zest

Sea salt to taste

½ cup frozen blueberries

In a food processor, process all ingredients except the fresh blueberries. Knead blueberries into the mixture by hand. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 12 1-3/4 ounce bars