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Ask The Chef - Energy Bars

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Dec 10, 2013 1:12:11 AM

Q: How do you make homemade energy bars?

A: One look at the “mile-long snack stretch†… otherwise known as the nutrition/energy bar aisle in your local health food store … and you'll likely come to one conclusion: energy bars are as popular of a snack as ever. Portable, fast, satisfying, and (potentially) made with good ingredients, these grab-and-go products have become a true staple snack for so many of us. But despite the lure of the readymade options, energy bars are an especially wonderful item to create yourself at home for several reasons.

First, your DIY version is likely much more affordable; you can design your bars based on your individualized needs (high protein, gluten-free, etc); you can make large batches to enjoy over a long period of time; and lastly, you can boost the benefits of your bar like crazy through the use of superfood ingredients. Admittedly, outside of daily things like smoothies, juices and salads, energy bars are one of the most common types of superfood recipe that I personally find myself making consistently throughout the year. And it couldn't be easier to make them amazing: almost every ingredient Navitas Naturals offers is ideal for a freshly-made, “world's best bar.â€

There are bountiful ways to create energy bars, but perhaps one of the easiest methods is through using primarily raw nuts and fruits. To make these raw energy bars, all you'll need is a food processor:

1. Create the base - Combine pitted Medjool dates and your choice of nuts/seeds in a food processor in a 1:2 ratio. Pulse into a very chunky “dough†that sticks together easily when pinched.

2. Add superfood powder - Incredibly potent superfood powders like pomegranate powder, goji berry powder, hemp protein powder, and wheatgrass powder can dramatically elevate the nutrition of your bar. Since each type of superfood is different in strength, start by adding a single serving of powder (as listed on the back of the package), taste, and adjust as desired.

3. Adjust flavorings - If your bar is tasting too sweet, add in extra nuts, like cashews. If your bar is too dry, add additional sticky dates. Mask a flavor you don't like by adding strong alluring flavors like vanilla extract, lemon zest, or cacao powder (chocolate!).

4. Add textural goodies - Once your bar base is good to go, add in a handful of textural superfood highlights, like goji berries and walnuts, or goldenberries and cacao nibs. This gives the bar a more addicting mouthfeel, as well as extra nutrition.

5. Spill the dough out into a brownie pan lined with parchment paper, and press firmly into a flat square. Cut into bars.

6. For long-term storage, wrap bars individually and keep in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.

For those of us who are short on time and want a high quality, nutritious energy bar on the go, try our delicious and convenient Power Snacks that come in three superfood-packed varieties: Blueberry-Hemp, Cacao-Goji and Citrus-Chia.

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