Balanced Energy Bars!

I love these bars! The original inspiration for them came from the amazing Elana over at Elana's Pantry! I have made the original recipe dozens of times. They are a hit with my whole family. Over the years of making them I have tried many variations. Here is one that I love just as much as the original!

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  • 1.5 cup of cashews
  • 1/2 cup of seeds (I used pumpkin here, can also be all cashews)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew or almond butter
  • 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup or honey (I have also made with stevia to reduce sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp of almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  •  70% dark chocolate bar + 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Sprinkle with sea salt (or Maldon flaked salt)

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients (except chocolate) in a food processor. Process until everything is ground up and the consistency of a nut butter
  2. Pour into brownie pan. And spread evenly.
  3. Place in the freezer.
  4. Meanwhile melt chocolate in a double boiler with 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
  5. Pour chocolate evenly over the frozen mixture. Sprinkle with sea salt
  6. Freeze for about 10-15 minutes until chocolate sets and then slice into bars.

I store these in the freezer and enjoy cold. You could also keep them in the fridge, they would be too mushy kept at room temperature.

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These bars make a great snack. I have even had them for breakfast before. They are full of healthy fats, fibre, minerals and protein. And the dark chocolate makes them feel super decadent along with providing some potent antioxidants. They are also very low in sugar making them a great option as a snack to stabilize blood sugar for healthy energy levels, hence the name balanced energy. We don't want any spikes here, just balanced amazing energy.

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