These are a great mid morning or afternoon snack. Replace that un-healthy snack such as a chocolate bar, cookie, donut, muffin etc with these delicious bars. They are a much healthier way to tide you over to your next meal, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth without turning to a processed snack.
There is currently a 30 day challenge taking place at Moksha NDG which is where I practice yoga on a regular basis. While not participating in this 30 day yoga challenge myself, I have previously completed 30 day challenges on 2 separate occasions and am well aware of how demanding they can be in many ways. Proper nutrition is always important but especially so when doing 30 days in a row of hot yoga. These bars are a great snack for those taking part in the 30 day challenge or anyone else who does a lot of physical activity.
The almonds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds provide enough nutritional value to sustain you and the dates provide natural sugar to give you an energy boost. Sweet, spiced and nutty describe the flavour of these bars. The cardamom and cinnamon are great with the sweet dates and almonds. Chia seeds are tasteless but are packed full of fibre, antioxidants as well as healthy and essential Omega 3 fats.
Make these bars on the weekend so you have one for everyday of the week. The serving size really depends on you. I cut this recipe into 7 bars. They are not low in calories so don’t eat too much at once if you are trying to lose weight. They are delicious but you will see that one bar will sustain you. Eat the bar and wait a few minutes. You will be pleasantly satisfied. Often when we are hungry we only need a little something to sustain us. Try these delicious power bars. They definitely get the job done.
Spiced Nut, Seed and Date Energy Bars
Note: Makes 7 bars
1 1/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
8-10 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of fine sea salt
A food processor is necessary to make these bars.
First add the dates alone, to the food processor. Process until they are all broken up.
Then add the rest of the ingredients and process for a few minutes, stopping every 30 seconds or so, to scrape down the sides to make sure everything gets well ground up.
The mixture should stick together when you pinch a little bit between your fingers.
You can either make the mixture into balls or bars. To make bars lay the mixture onto some parchment paper, and lay it into a 8 x 4 loaf pan. Flatten out the mixture by pressing it with your hands. Flip it and flatten it out again on the other side making an even rectangle filling up all the space in the loaf pan.
Once you have an even flat rectangle, put it in the fridge,and let cool for a few hours. Cut into bars all at once or as your want to eat them.
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