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Homemade No-Bake Energy Bars

Rebecca Longshore

Crunchy, slightly sweet, and nutty are all adjectives that describe my type of snack. These bars are the perfect start to your day and will keep you fueled and focused until lunch.

I love a good snack. If you’re like me and hit the gym before the sun rises, or if you find it nearly impossible to sit down for breakfast, these homemade no-bake energy bars might just make your mornings a lot easier, tastier, and healthier.

Ingredients:

1 cup roasted almonds
3/4 cup toasted, shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup puffed kamut**
1/8 cup dried goji berries*
1/8 cup dried blueberries*
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 cup organic honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of kosher salt
*Sub any other type of dried fruit that you prefer in place of the goji berries and dried blueberries
**Swap out puffed kamut for puffed rice or quinoa

Directions:

1. Measure out and mix the first seven ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

2. Heat the honey, salt, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium high heat for a couple of minutes, or until it comes to a boil. If you have a candy thermometer heat until it reaches about 260 degrees.

3. Pour the honey mixture over the dried ingredients in the large bowl and mix together, then transfer immediately to a 9X13 baking dish greased with coconut oil or cooking spray of your choice. You’ll want to pat down around the edges and center to make sure the mixture is compacted tight. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes.

4. Once the mixture has cooled, flip the baking dish over on a cutting board and hit the edges to pop the mix out in one piece. Let it cool for another five minutes, then slice into 10 bars for a breakfast portion, or into or 20 for a smaller snack portion. Wrap each bar with plastic wrap, foil, or put them in plastic bags with parchment paper in between each bar. Store in an airtight container in a dry, cool environment for 1 week, or in the refrigerator for a month.

Recipe inspired by Primal Bites Blog

 

Serving Size: 1 bar CALORIES 224; FAT 14g (sat 4.7g, mono 4.5g, poly 1.95g); PROTEIN 4.7g; CARB 22.13g; FIBER 3.1g; CHOL .23mg; IRON 1.18mg; SODIUM 33.61mg; CALC 39.39mg For a snack portion, make 20 bars.