Healthy Energy Bars

Healthy Energy Bars

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.