A new spin on the standard granola bar, this energy bar has a nice crunch without too many nuts. Those who are strictly vegan may like this recipe especially, because it contains lots of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. I found this superfood energy bar recipe from The Rawsome Vegan Life, and knew I wanted to make something like it. And here’s my take:
10 Minute Superfood Energy Bars Remade
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup ground brown flax seeds (golden will also work)
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup flaked light coconut
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 heaping cup dates
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 scant cup of quick oats
- (optional) 1/4 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate or raw cacao nibs will also work). Alternatively, you can add some dried fruit like dried cranberries.
- Add the dry ingredients into a food processor
- Add the raisins and dates and process
- Add the applesauce and process. The mixture should start forming into big clumps
- Take the mixture out of the food processor and into a mixing bowl
- Add the chocolate chips and fold in
- Add the oats in 1/3 cup at a time. If at any time the oats are no longer sticky, do not add the remainder.
- Press into 8×8 pan. I use a spatula. The spatula should not stick to the mixture when pressing. If it does, return to the mixing bowl and add more nuts or oats until firm.
- Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to set.
- Cut and serve, or store into the freezer for up to about 2 weeks. If you plan on storing these, then try to use an air tight plastic or glass container. I typically store bars in the freezer, but it can be stored for a shorter period of time in the bottom of your refrigerator.