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Energy Bars are easy to make and very nutritious. They can contain just about anything you want, but there is a basic mix of ingredients you should include. Here I will outline what ingredient types to choose, the rest is up to you. Take them to school (providing you don't have a nut free school) or work for a nutritious pick me up during the day. If you can't eat nuts or attend a nut free school, use only seeds instead of nuts.

 
  • Makes/Serves
  • 12
  • Preparation Time
  • 24 hrs
  • Cook | Chill | Freeze
  • 20-25
  • Oven Temperature
  • 180oC
  • Oven Setting
  • Fan Forced
  • Freeze
  • Yes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw quinoa
  • 1 cup raw or roasted mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, linseed, chia, poppy)
  • ½ cup raw chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamias, pecan)
  • ½ cup chopped dates (about 5-6 dates)
  • ⅓ cup dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, currants, craisins, bananas etc.)
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (dark is best but you can use white or milk)
  • ⅓ cup honey, coconut syrup, golden syrup etc.
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Soak the quinoa overnight in water. Drain and rinse it in a sieve. Leave it to sit in the sieve over a bowl for at least six hours.
  3. Spray and line a small 20cm x 20cm cake tin with baking paper. 
  4. Combine all the dry ingredients and the soaked quinoa in a mixing bowl.
  5. Melt the coconut oil and then stir in the honey or syrup.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  7. Press the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
  8. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool.
  10. Once completely cooled place the tin in the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting into squares or bars.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
 

See recipe, you can use whatever seeds, nuts or chocolate you desire.

The quinoa can be used raw, without soaking, but it is easier to digest if soaked. It also releases more enzymes used soaked.

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