Food For Fuel

One of my go to snacks for the day is a raw vegan energy bar. Even though I do buy already made bars from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (Raw Revolution Bars, Vega One Bars, Vega Vibrancy Bars, Lara Bars) I like to make homemade energy bars as well. There is a comfort in knowing exactly what is going into your food because your are making it yourself. You know exactly what you are putting in your body. And the fact that it’s healthy and extremely good for you is empowering (at least for me). This morning I made a HUGE batch of energy bars. I form them into balls (instead of bar shape) because I find the ball shape is easier to handle when wrapping the balls in plastic wrap.

Here are some of my favorite recipes from Brendan Brazier’s Thrive book:

Ginger Pear Energy Bars

These bars contain lots of nutrients that your body needs and ginger to help fight inflammation and improve digestion. These bars are also a good snack to have before a workout.

1 small pear, cored

3/4 cup fresh or soaked dates

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup hemp protein

1/4 cup walnuts

2 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp sesame seeds

In a food processor, process all ingredients together except the sesame seeds. Cover mixture in sesame seeds before shaping into balls or bars.

Makes approximately 12 1-3/4 ounce bars

Banana Bread Energy Bars

If you love bananas, you will love these!

1 small banana

3/4 cup fresh or soaked dates

1/2 cup Popped Amaranth

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup ground sesame seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Makes approximately 12 1-3/4 ounce bars

Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bars

These bars are high in antioxidants and flavonoids. They help reduce radical damage in the body and improve cellular recovery.

1 cup fresh or soaked dried dates

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup roasted carob powder (or cocoa to make 100% raw)

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup hemp protein

1/4 cup unhulled sesame seeds

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 cup sprouted or cooked buckwheat (optional)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

In a food processor, process all ingredients except the buckwheat and blueberries. Once the mixture is fully and well combined, knead buckwheat and berries into mixture by hand.

Makes approximately 12 1-3/4 ounce bars.

I usually make a huge batch of bars and form them into balls. I cover them in plastic wrap and put them all in a big plastic bag. I then put the bars in the freezer and they last up to 6 months.


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