When I was pregnant, I had a very hard time getting enough protein and keeping my energy level up. I made many different types of healthy energy bars and they were all good, but this one has become my favorite. My sister gave me the original recipe a while back and I have tweaked it into what it is today. Many of you know the endless health benefits of nuts so I won’t bore you with those details; although, I will pause for a bit of education on the pumpkin seed. They are valued for their high level of the mineral zinc and vitamin E; both of which provide antioxidant support. They also have high antimicrobial benefits which include anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
Basically, this little bar can stand on its own. It doesn’t require much explanation. Please give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. These make a great go-to mid- morning snack. I will make the same health disclaimer as I did with the dark chocolate and almond butter cookies…..do not eat them all in one sitting. Moderation…
Healthy Energy Bars
1 cup rolled oats(not quick cook)
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup raw almonds – crushed
1/4 cup raw walnuts – crushed
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds – crushed
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup almond butter
1/3 cup raw local honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place all nuts and seeds into a ziploc bag. Using a mallet or wooden spoon, crush well. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated. In a small bowl, combine all wet ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well. Sometimes I have to use my hands to get this mixed well. Press the mixture into a baking pan and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes before cutting. Keep refrigerated for best results.