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Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free Energy Bars

Good quality energy bars are a great grab-and-go snack when you’re on the go!  Unfortunately for me, they’re usually laden with nuts, gluten and even soy if you check out the ingredients.  But luckily, these energy bars aren’t too difficult to make!  

These energy bars are packed with nutrients: goji berries for beta-carotene (which converts to vitamin A) and astaxanthin (known as the “natural sunscreen” since it is an anti-aging, joint supporting antioxidant), cacao nibs and cacao powder for fiber, iron and magnesium, maca powder for energy, increased libido, and skin & mood balance, hemp seeds for omega 3s, complete protein and fiber and lastly ground flax for omega 3s, alpha-linolenic acid, antioxidants (both to help lower cholesterol) and of course fiber!  That was a mouthful of nutrition facts (no pun intended!) but I assure you these don’t taste like they’re too healthy!  

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Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free Energy Bars

makes 6 servings

Organic or High Quality Ingredients

½ cup medjool dates, pitted

¼ cup dried cherries

¼ cup black mission figs, ends cut off

2 Tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp Maca powder

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

½ cup hemp seeds

¼ cup goji berries

¼ cup cacao nibs

2 Tbsp filtered water

2 Tbsp ground flax seeds

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

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1.  In a food processor, add in dates, cherries, figs, cacao powder, Maca powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and pulse until combined.  If mixture is too stiff and dry, add in a little filtered water 1 tsp at a time.  

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2.  Add in hemp seeds, goji berries and cacao nibs and pulse until combined, again adding filtered water if needed.  

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3. Lastly, add in shredded coconut and ground flax seeds and pulse until combined, adding water as needed.  

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4.  Spread out mixture on parchment paper.  Using another piece of parchment paper, flatten as much as possible.  

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5.  Fold over parchment paper to get straight edges.  Flatten to as thick as you want your bars to be.  Refrigerate for an hour or until firm.  

6.  Cut bars into 6 pieces.  You may also roll mixture into balls and cover with more shredded coconut.  

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You can store these in an air tight container for up to 3 days if they’ll last that long!  Adding ground chia seeds would add even more nutritional benefits.  You can add in some orange zest or switch up the flavor and exchange the cinnamon and nutmeg for some cayenne pepper!  

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Lastly, you can top the bars off with some chia seed jam!

adapted from the Bauman College Recipe Book!