When I am hungry, really hungry, I need to eat ASAP. When we get to this point when we absolutely need to eat something, we tend to go for whatever is easiest and closest. This is often when we grab something less than ideal health wise just to satisfy our hunger.
A very common solution while at work is to head over to the vending machine around 3 pm for a little pick me up to get through the rest of the day. I know I used to do this when I worked in an office.
This energy bar recipe or others like it are a great way to avoid falling into that trap. When you are prepared for the hunger you can reach for something healthy that is still delicious! And I promise you that these coconut cashew apricot energy bars are just that.
They are perfect for after a workout because they contain the easily digested fructose sugar from the dates to help replenish your depleted glycogen stores as well as the protein from the hemp seeds and cashews to sustain you until you can eat a meal.
The best part about making your energy bars is that they are made from whole foods. A lot of commercial bars, that are marketed as healthy, contain some more than questionoble ingredients. When you make up your own recipe, or try one of mine you know that your energy bar recipe is made up of 100% goodness.
Make a batch or two of these at the beginning of the week so that your mid morning or mid afternoon snacks are set for the day, and you avoid heading to the vending machine for that chocolate bar or bag of chips.
Making up an energy bar recipe is quite simple. Start with dates as your base, and then choose a variety of nuts and seeds to complete your bars.Process together and bam. Some of the ones I have made in the past are
This is what it should look like once it is all processed and before you pack the paste together.
Do you have a go to less than healthy snack that you know you should avoid eating? Let me know in the comments below!
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 1¼ cup cashews
- ½ cup dried apricots (about 12)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut + a little for topping
- ⅓ cup hemp seeds + a little for topping
- In a food processor, process the dates and apricots into a paste.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is well mixed together. See the picture in the post above for visual. You will likely have to scrape down the sides with a spatula a few times throughout.
- Line a small baking dish with parchment paper big enough to fold over the dish completely. Press the paste down with the parchment paper to create a flat surface.
- If you use a bigger dish your bars will be thinner. Alternatively you can roll them into balls. Sprinkle the top with more hemp seeds and shredded coconut.
- Place in the fridge for a couple hours before cutting as this will allow the paste to set together.
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