As a nutritionist, I love experimenting making new treats using REAL food. Food provides energy and whole, real food provides the nutrition our bodies crave and need. When we consume food or “food-like” products full of added sugars or with ingredients that are unrecognizable, we aren’t going to feel our best, simple as that. We want to properly fuel our bodies by supplying adequate energy and nutrition from whole nourishing foods as much as possible.
I know convenience is important when it comes to eating on-the-go between work, school and running errands. I personally would not like to always resort to store bought processed energy bars which come with added sugars and questionable ingredients. Many of these bars may provide some satisfaction initially, but they often do not satiate your hunger very long. I created these satisfying protein packed bars using ingredients I already had in my pantry! They supply adequate protein and healthy fat to help deliver sustained energy. They’re the perfect combination of sweet & salty to satisfy your taste buds and they can be made in less than 30 minutes! I recommend making them ahead of a busy week to grab on the run or pack in your lunch box.
No Bake Power Bars (makes approximately 6 bars)
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup pecans
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup almond butter (you can use any nut or seed butter)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt
- ½ cup raisins (no sugar added). Or chopped dried figs or chopped dates
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 ½ teaspoons organic honey
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1. Pulse nuts in food processor or crush using a chopping device.
2. Add ground flaxseed, coconut chips, nut butter and salt to crushed nuts in food processor or to blender.
3. Add dried fruit along with the remaining ingredients. Gently pulse to create a coarse and pasty mixture. If using a blender, you may need to shake the pitcher a little to help move the ingredients around.
4. Use hands to finish combining mixture if necessary. Press mixture into a small square or rectangle glass baking dish.
5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until mixture hardens enough to cut.
6. Cut into mini bars and store in refrigerator. I placed mine in a container separated with wax paper. Enjoy within 5 days! You may double the recipe if making for the whole family!
Shopping tip: If you have local stores like Home Goods and Marshall’s, you can find numerous good quality organic foods likes nuts, seeds, coconut chips, coconut oil and butter, honey, spices and more for a great price! I frequently visit these stores just to see what new foods they have and I save money by buying them there!