Ultra Energy Bars from The Plantpower Way
"Rich isn’t the only one who loves the supercharged vitality he experiences from eating these nutritious homemade bars – our kids devour them as a healthy alternative to processed store bought varieties. Power packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut and dried berries that boast a plentitude of protein, healthy fats and fiber, these energy boosters will keep your engine revving all day long. Great for packing in your child’s lunchbox! Eat one of these bars and then, as Rich says, get it done." -- The Plantpower Way
- 1 cup raw almonds or walnuts, soaked overnight
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup dried goji berries
- 2 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1/4 cup coconut, shredded
- Pinch large coarse Celtic sea salt
- 7-8 dates, soaked and pitted
In a food processor, pulse nuts until mealy in texture. Now add the cacao nibs, hemp seeds, goji berries, cacao powder, shredded coconut and sea salt to the processor. Pulse again until ingredients are well-incorporated.
With the motor running, add one date at a time. After seven dates, you will see the mixture ball-up on one side of the bowl. You may need to redistribute the mixture and process it again to make sure the dates are mixed in.
On a piece of parchment paper, press the cookies in an even layer about 1/4” thick. With a knife, score out a grid of rectangular shaped pieces approximately 2” x 3”. If desired, press additional hemp seeds or shredded coconut on the surface.
Wrap in parchment paper or parchment bags. Take them out on a trail run, hike or bike ride to sustain you throughout your training session!*
*I cut the bars and then popped them in the freezer for 4 hours to firm them up a bit. I also store them in the freezer.
Reprinted from The Plantpower Way by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2015, Rich Roll & Julie Piatt