Recipe: Crunchy Energy Bars

When checking the ingredients list of granola power bars, you often discover things in there that aren’t really that healthy – heaps of sugar, flavour enhancers, more calories than a regular meal but way less nutrients.

Raw vegan power bars on the other hand are mostly made with nuts and therefore contain a lot of fat. The usual suspects are almonds, cashews and walnuts – not a lot of variety really.

This recipe on the other hand is made without sugar or nuts and incredibly versatile.

You can pimp the basic recipe shown below to your heart’s desire, be it with chopped dried fruit, sesame, chia, cacao nibs or spices and superfoods such as cinnamon, cacao, matcha or acai.

The bars are awesome to bring along road trips, as a healthy pick me up snack or even for breakfast, crumbled onto a smoothie bowl or mixed with fresh fruit and plant based milk – enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 banana, mashed

1/2 cup coconut flakes, soaked in water

2 dates, pitted & soaked with the coconut flakes

optional: 1/2 teaspoon acai or spirulina or matcha powder, cinnamon, cacao or any other superfood

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Preparation:

Blend the banana, coconut and water with the dates and acai powder.

Stir in the seeds.

Flatten dough evenly onto a dehydrator tray that you covered with a non-stick sheet.

Alternatively, you can also shape individual bars.

Dehydrate at 42 degrees for about 6 hours.

Flip and peel off the non-stick sheet.

Dehydrate for another 6 hours or until thoroughly crunchy to the core.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes:

C = cup, 240 ml
1/2 C = half a cup, 120 ml or / TBSP
1/4 C = quarter of a cup, 60 ml or 4 TBSP
TBSP = table spoon, 15 ml or 3 tsp
tsp = tea spoon, 5 ml
“soft dates” = medjool are usually best. If necessary, soak briefly and drain. The soaking water is super sweet by the way!

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