Everyone loves a delicious and healthy energy bar. They are perfectly portable and provide the body with huge amounts of energy. You can have it for breakfast, when you are commuting, or in between your workouts. Energy bars can also keep you full, as you wait for your next meal.
The good news is that you can easily prepare it at home, using your favorite ingredients. If you can stir using a food processor, then you can make an energy bar at home. You don’t even require complicated equipment. Additionally, you will come up with nutritious and tasty bars, which are hard to find in the supermarket.
The combination used in this tutorial is Berry cobbler and coconut mango lime. Energy bars made from coconut mango lime are both vegan and grain free. They are also seed and nut free. This means that they can be served to almost every person, without any intolerance or allergic reactions. All you need to do is to ensure that you follow this base recipe carefully then you can explore from there. Once you have a good base recipe, chances are very slim of getting it wrong.
- 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
- A cup of dried Medjool dates
- A cup of additional filling. This may include things like additional nuts, chocolate chips, coffee or other dried fruits.
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Put all the listed ingredients into your food processor. Once all the items are there, pulse for around 3 minutes to kick start the procedure. Process the ingredients until they attain a chunky dough paste. This should take around 2 minutes. Stop halfway through the process to scrap down the sides, so that all the ingredients are uniformly processed and the paste is uniform. The dough should be processed in a way that it should hold together, once it is formed into a ball.
Use parchment paper to line your square pan. For good results, it is recommended to use two pieces set in opposite direction. This means that you can easily lift the bar straight from the pan, once it is ready. Add your base mixture to the pan then press down firmly to ensure that it evens out. Cover it then place in the freezer for around one hour. This helps to firm it up.
Once your bar is chilled, remove the door from the pan. You should use a sharp knife to do this, in order to obtain a uniform cut. Cut into several pieces and store them individually wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap. You can also use individual bags. Before chilling, you can roll the dough or mold it into little bars or balls. They should stay in good condition for several weeks.
The great thing about making energy bars at home is that, you have full control over flavor combinations and quality of the ingredients. You can be creative as much as you can with your favorite ingredients, and then make an energy bar that you love. Moreover, energy bars provide a great way to energize with healthy fiber, proteins and fats.