I forget to eat. Often. My schedule requires a lot of planning to be able to eat good food, and eat it regularly. So when I ran across Miryam’s recipe for nutrient-dense, cholesterol-lowering, super easy, no-bake, low-ingredient-list, freaky delicious energy bars, obviously I had to give them a shot.
I have a problem with store-bought energy bars. They usually fall into 4 categories: inedible cardboard, sickly sweet, full of processed ingredients, obscenely expensive. Miryam is a dietician, and the founder of Eat Good 4 Life. Her blog is dedicated to recipes which, while not always what one would consider “healthy” (there are so many delicious baked goods on there…), they are nonetheless nutrient-dense and delicious.
Just what I need, and I can eat it while typing with one hand. Want to make them too? Here’s what you need.
- 1 lb whole pitted prunes
- 1 cup raw or toasted almonds
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup flax-seed meal
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2-3 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp organic peanut butter (homemade if ya got it)
You basically just stick it all in the food processor and refrigerate, but there is a specific order to it. Head on over to Eat Good 4 Life for the full recipe. Seriously. Do not just stick everything in the processor all at once. You will have the biggest, stickiest mess of your life on your hands and it will all be bloody awful. I mean it.
I wrapped the squares up in parchment paper and tied them with some butcher’s twine. Not only are they rich, chocolatey and delicious, they really did keep me going strong through school. The best part? They cost next to nothing to make. Busy, hungry people? Meet your new best friend.
Next Time Challenge:
Almost every time I make something, I think of another ingredient I don’t have on hand that I desperately want to try in the recipe. Who wants to try it out with these additions and report back?
- Substitute ½ cup dried cherries for ½ cup of the prunes. Some additional peanut butter or honey may need to be added for consistency.
- Add some additional chocolate chips to the mixture near the end of the process so they stay near-whole.