In an effort to save some cash (after discovering I spent over $1,000 on groceries last month — yikes!), I decided to make my own energy bars instead of dropping close to $5 a bar at my local health food store.
I looked at the ingredients in several of my favourite bars and whipped up this cranberry banana nut and seed energy bar concoction last week. It turned out AMAZING, so I made it again and measured everything this time so I could share it with y’all 🙂
High in fibre, protein, vitamin E, zinc and essential fatty acids, these seedy bars are the perfect snack to fight off those 3 p.m. hangeries.
Cranberry banana nut and seed energy bar
Makes 10-12 bars
- 1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup raw almonds, crushed
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, whole or crushed
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup saw shelled hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 banana
- 5 pitted dates, soaked for an hour or so
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tsp. cinnamon
- Optional: 2 scoops vanilla protein powder; 3 TBSP raw cacao powder or cocoa powder; or 2 TBSP maca root powder
- Add everything to a large bowl (except for the dates, banana, water and almond butter) and mix well.
- Add the soaked dates, banana and almond butter to a blender. Add a bit of water and pulse and blend until mixture is smooth.
- Pour banana-date-almond butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix well, until it has a dough-like consistency.
- Place parchment paper on a small, shallow baking pan or dish and press bar mixture into pan until mixture is 1-2 cm thick.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350F, or until edges start to brown slightly.
- Remove bars from oven and let them sit for about 15 minutes. Cut into bars while still slightly warm.
What’s your favourite 3 p.m. snack? Do you measure things when you bake or just through things together randomly hoping your creation will taste good?
Thanks Amanda for the link-up!