{energy bar} love

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

we eat a lot of energy bars in our house.

a lot.

camping? hiking? skiing? biking? day at the beach? driving to the ranch? hangry meltdown?

energy bars are always there to save the day thanks to the fact that they are such a simple, grab and go, good for you energy boost.

but, there's always a but, they aren't particularly cheap.

i tried out some recipes to make our own but the results were always kind of "meh".

however, a couple of weeks ago i gave it one last try and created the perfect, in my humble opinion, energy bar; one that has the gooey hint of a brownie, a nice amount of crunchiness and is over the top with chocolate decadence.

you're sold on trying this out, right?

gather up:

1 1/2 cup walnuts

1 cup packed dates {pitted}

1/2 cup dried figs {stems removed}

1/2 cup prunes

1 tsp vanilla powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

4 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp cacao nibs

3 tbsp coconut oil

chuck all of the ingredients in your food processor and let it run until there are no big chunks of fruit left.

keep an eye on it though, as you will likely need to scrape down the sides a few times.

pour the "dough" into a container of your choice {i use a glass container that is approximately 8x8 inches and has a snap on lid} and press it firmly and evenly into the base.

place the whole lot in the fridge and allow it to firm up for an hour or so.

last step, cut and eat bars as your heart/belly desires.

that's it!

a few ways to play around with different flavours:

-use equal parts shredded coconut and rolled oats in place of the walnuts to make it school friendly

-add a drop or two of peppermint oil for mint chocolate

-add shredded coconut instead of cacao nibs

-add peanut butter in stead of cacao nibs

really, you can alter this a fair bit.

and, no, i did not take a single picture of the process or end result because, let's face it, no matter how sweetly you tie an energy bar into a little parchment paper package with pretty baker's twine...it still looks like a picture of a turd.

enjoy, friends!

{b, the top consumer of energy bars in our home}

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