Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Get ready, set, go!

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Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Ingredients:

1 C (Gluten Free) Rolled Oats

2/3 C Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/3 C Ground Flax

1/2 C Chocolate Chips (use raw cacao chips for raw version)

Pinch of Sea Salt

1/3 C Maple Syrup (or honey)

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 C Almond Butter

Directions:

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl.

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Add ‘wet’ ingredients and mix well.

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Roll into 24 equal sized balls.

Refrigerated for one hour.

Enjoy!

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Not Just Any Raw Energy Bar

Today I made a couple batches of some very special raw energy bars.  These were developed for my two youngest children with their input of ingredients!

I asked them if they wanted a smoothie for snack, but they decided they wanted other superfoods!

What parent in their right mind would say no to a healthy, packed with omega’s,  fiber rich, snack?

It was so easy, even kids could make this (with supervision using processor of course!)

Raw Z-Bar

Raw Z-Bar

Z-Bar a.k.a. Raw Energy Bar (made especially for my lil guy, Zac) 

Ingredients:
1/2 C Organic Oats (not the quick oats)
1/8 – 1/4 C Raw Almonds
1/8 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
4 Dates
1 T (Heaping) of Almond Butter

Directions:
1. Process nuts and oats til crumbly, then put into a bowl and set aside
2. Soak dates for about 15 minutes & remove pits
3. Process dates
4. After you process the dates, add almond butter and dry ingredients and process til mixture begins to stick together. You can add a couple T of water if mixture is too dry.
5. In a small pan (6 x 9) or smaller for thicker bars, press mixture down firmly.
6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into squares or bars & enjoy!

Raw J-Bar

Raw J-Bar

J-Bar (made for my other lil guy, Jake)

Follow Z-Bar Recipe above and add:

1/2 C of raisins

1/4 Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

*Follow Z-Bar instructions, and process *raisins with the dates and add *coconut with the other dry ingredients

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Made these this morning!  These are a quick, healthy snack!

So easy to make, I think I could easily get addicted to making various forms of these!

Stay tuned!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bar

1 C Almonds

1/3 C Sunflower Seed

2 T Peanut Butter

10 Dates

1/4 C Special Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Soak dates for about 3 hours, then drain water & remove pits

In food chopper or food processor, chop almonds then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor.

Add remaining ingredients.

Mix all ingredients together.

Line a 9 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 10 equal sized balls.

(Bars will cut easier if you refrigerate for 15 minutes prior to cutting.)

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Need your chocolate fix?  Do you like coconut?  This is the best!  I recently bought a Lara Bar for the first time when I was away from home and wanted something relatively healthy to eat until I could get home.

I decided to give it a ‘google’ for homemade recipes and stumbled upon Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog and found a recipe that I modified just a little to make it totally raw!  I also wondered what the nutritional content was so I used Sparkpeople.com’s Recipe Calculator!

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

(Makes 8)

10 Dates (Pitted)

1/3 C + 1 T Shredded Coconut (Fresh for Raw)

1 T Chia Seed

3 T Cocoa Powder (Raw/Unsweetened)

1/3 C Almonds

1/2 C Pecans or Walnuts

Directions:

Soak dates for about 3 hours & remove pits.

In food chopper or food processor, chop all nuts then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor

Add remaining ingredients except for 1 T Coconut.

Process together until ingredients are well mixed and are sticking together.

Line a 6 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 8 equal sized balls.

For bars: Sprinkle 1 T coconut on top and press down til it sticks

For balls:  Roll balls in coconut

Nutrition Facts

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bars
  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 109.4
  Total Fat 2.0 g
  Saturated Fat 1.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 1.5 mg
  Potassium 261.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 20.2 g
  Protein 1.4 g
  Vitamin A 0.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
  Vitamin C 0.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.2 %
  Calcium 3.2 %
  Copper 10.1 %
  Folate 1.5 %
  Iron 4.3 %
  Magnesium 8.1 %
  Manganese 11.3 %
  Niacin 2.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     2.6 %
  Phosphorus     3.8 %
  Riboflavin 1.4 %
  Selenium 1.0 %
  Thiamin 1.3 %
  Zinc 2.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

(Sparkpeople.com’s Recipe Calculator)