Recipe: Cranberry banana nut and seed energy bar (vegan, gluten-free)

energy barIn an effort to save some cash (after discovering I spent over $1,000 on groceries last month — yikes!), I decided to make my own energy bars instead of dropping close to $5 a bar at my local health food store.

I looked at the ingredients in several of my favourite bars and whipped up this cranberry banana nut and seed energy bar concoction last week. It turned out AMAZING, so I made it again and measured everything this time so I could share it with y’all 🙂

High in fibre, protein, vitamin E, zinc and essential fatty acids, these seedy bars are the perfect snack to fight off those 3 p.m. hangeries.

 

 

 

 

Just throw everything in a bowl, mix and bake!

Cranberry banana nut and seed energy bar
Makes 10-12 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, crushed
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, whole or crushed
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup saw shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 banana
  • 5 pitted dates, soaked for an hour or so
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • Optional: 2 scoops vanilla protein powder; 3 TBSP raw cacao powder or cocoa powder; or 2 TBSP maca root powder
When the edges are crispy brown you know they're done!

When the edges are crispy brown you know they’re done!

Directions

  1. Add everything to a large bowl (except for the dates, banana, water and almond butter) and mix well.
  2. Add the soaked dates, banana and almond butter to a blender. Add a bit of water and pulse and blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour banana-date-almond butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix well, until it has a dough-like consistency.
  4. Place parchment paper on a small, shallow baking pan or dish and press bar mixture into pan until mixture is 1-2 cm thick.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F, or until edges start to brown slightly.
  6. Remove bars from oven and let them sit for about 15 minutes. Cut into bars while still slightly warm.
  7. Devour!

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What’s your favourite 3 p.m. snack? Do you measure things when you bake or just through things together randomly hoping your creation will taste good?

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Thanks Amanda for the link-up!