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3 Amazing Energy Bars You Can Make At Home

  • Published on: 21 January, 2015
  • Last update: 26 January, 2016

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Have you been to the energy bar section of the grocery store lately? There are literally hundreds to choose from, and many contain ingredients that we don’t necessarily want to eat (or worse – can’t pronounce!). While a few undesirable components won’t kill us, things like ‘natural flavors’ and ‘citric acid’ aren’t whole food items we’d keep in the pantry. We want to keep our food as simple and as close to nature as possible so that our bodies can use our energy reserves for regeneration rather than prolonged digestion.

Usually, energy bars are more of a grab-and-go ‘fast food”, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Instead of spending $2.29 on one serving (that’s been sitting in a package for a while), you can make a whole batch of fresh bars yourself, right at home. This will save you money and cut down on the plastic waste that packaged products tend to accumulate. Plus, you’re guaranteed to love these recipes!

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The best way to get the most bang for your buck when making these is to shop in the bulk dry goods section of your local natural market. If you bring your own mason jars, they’ll often give you a discount for using your own packaging. You can fill up your jars with items like nuts, figs, coconut, etc. and store them in your cabinet so that you can make several batches throughout the month. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Fig & Prune PistachiOat Bars
Adapted from: Bon Appetit

Benefits: Naturally high in fiber, figs and prunes provide us with a feeling of fullness and keep our bowels moving – an action that is essential to overall health and mood. Figs also contain prebiotics, which feed the pre-existing good bacteria in the gut. Good bacteria has been shown to increase activity within the sensory cortex regions of the brain, along with tons of other incredible feats (source).

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Ingredients:

– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– 1½ c. oats
– 3 tbsp + 1 c. pistachios
– 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
– 1 c. chopped dried figs
– 1 c. chopped prunes
– ½ tsp orange zest
– 1 tbsp orange juice
– 1 tsp sea salt
– pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200°. Line an 8×8 baking tray with parchment paper (make sure that the paper has a little overhang on the sides). Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the oats to the pan and cook, stirring frequently until they’re golden brown. Pop them on a plate in the freezer to chill.

While the oats are cooling, grind 3 tbsp. pistachios in a food processor until finely ground and set aside.

Food process vanilla bean, figs, prunes, salt, 1/2 cup pistachios, orange zest, orange juice, and 2 tbsp. filtered water until smooth. Transfer your smooth mixture to a mixing bowl. Coarsely chop the remaining (1/2 cup) pistachios and add to the mixture along with the oats. Mix until combined. Wet your hands (so that the mixture doesn’t stick) and press it into the baking pan. Sprinkle with the ground pistachios that you set aside, and bake for 25 minutes. This recipe makes 12 bars and can be stored for 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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Want to see the next two recipes (including these delicious coconut date bars)? Check out my post on Collective Evolution for the full scoop!

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