This energy bar is a great treat for any outdoor adventure but when I made them last month, Crested Butte was getting endless snow and I was thinking of all my friends relishing in the powder. You don’t want to stop for lunch on a good powder day so just wrap a couple of these in your pocket and you will be fueled for the afternoon.
Walnuts, Pistachios, Dark Chocolate, Coconut Flakes, Flax seed, Dates. I find that cooking usually goes a lot smoother when you are prepared with a well stocked. I typically have all these items in my pantry as they keep well in the fridge and freezer. If you plan ahead and make these the night before, they will be nice and firm in the morning. At the very least, they need to be refrigerated for a couple hours.
Some bars on the market have lots of added junk but these are full of wholesome goodness. Pistachios and walnuts contain heart healthy fat and protein. I like this combination of nuts but you could substitute your favorite. Can’t do nuts? -Try a combination of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Flax seeds are a great source of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids which the body can not make on it’s own so we need to get it through food. Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory and found in salmon, mackerel, dark leafy greens, flax. The oils in flaxseeds are very fragile and can go rancid quickly. I recommend buying your flax seeds whole, storing them in your fridge and then grind them in a coffee grinder as needed. I have a coffee grinder I use only for spices and seeds
These bars are date sweetened which means the sugar comes with fiber and nutrients such as potassium. White sugar is highly processed and stripped of all it’s nutrients. You body needs nutrients however, to digest the sugar and when the nutrients aren’t in the food you eat, your body reacts by pulling stored nutrients from other parts of you body, like your bones. While we should all limit our sugar consumption, if you you are going to eat it, look for sugar in it’s natural form like dates, raw honey or grade b maple syrup because all of these have nutrients attached and are not overly processed.
We took these camping at Pinnacles National Park last month and they were a great treat for our hike. I kept them in our cooler until we left for our hike. They disappear very quickly when Eric is near.
This weekend we are going to Tahoe. I might just have to make a batch.
- 1/2 cup organic raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup organic raw pistachios
- 3/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips, melted
- 2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
- 6 dates, pitted and cut in half
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut flakes, divided
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment, toast nuts for about 10 minutes. Let cool.
2. In a double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate and coconut oil, stirring as it melts.
3. In a Cuisinart, add walnuts, flaxseed and dates and blend for about 15 seconds, Add 1 cup coconut flakes, salt, vanilla extract and melted chocolate and blend for another 10-15 seconds, until well combined,
4. In a 8x8 pyrex pan (a pie plate works too) lay a piece of parchment paper on the bottom. Add the mixture into the pan and with another piece of parchment paper press down firmly to flatten the mixture. Sprinkle top with remaining coconut flaked and press down again. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
5. Cut into pieces, wrap in parchment paper. place bars in pocket and go skiing, or hiking, or whatever you want!