Easy Energy Bars

Cashew Craze Bars

I just had one of these bars this morning before my Sunday run. I used to never eat before doing a workout because I always felt too full. But, eating before doing cardio can really help you lose the pounds. It provides the proper amount of sugars and fats that your body needs to use as fuel. These bars are so easy to make and to digest as a pre-workout meal. They have the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, to fat, to protein (60:20:20) that your body needs in a meal. Not to mention you can make them in any flavour your heart desires!! I made a Coco-nutty flavour, Cashew Craze flavour.

Coco-nutty Bar
2 cups pitted medjooled dates (soaked for 4 hours)
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup almond pulp (or wet almond meal)
1 tbsp melted coconut butter

Cashew Craze Bar
2 cups pitted medjooled dates (soaked for 4 hours)
2 cup cashews (coarsely chopped)
1 cup almond pulp (or wet almond meal)
1 tbsp melted coconut butter

Directions:

The directions are pretty much the same for both bars.

In a food processor, mix dates and almond pulp until it is a smooth sticky consistency. Add the coconut butter to the food processor as well.

Transfer the mixture to a medium size bowl and add the other ingredients (i.e. the cashews for the Cashew Craze bars and the shredded coconut for the Coco-nutty bars)and combine with a fork.

Line an 8×8 glass baking dish with parchment paper. Make sure there is a 2 inch lip on the outside of the dish. Mold the bar mixture into the dish over the parchment paper.

Place the dish in the freezer for 1 hour. Then use the parchment paper as a handle to take the mixture out of the baking dish, and transfer it onto a cutting board. Cut into 2″ x 4″ meal size bars or smaller if you wish, and place in a container in the freezer to keep fresh. You can eat them right out of the freezer! They are a great snack for kids as well. They wont even know that they are eating something healthy!

I wonder what other bar flavours I should try to make this week?

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