Energy Bars (or Melissa’s Happy Bars) 1


Energy BarsOhboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy!  I’ve got a new favorite superfood staple food.  It doesn’t replace my love for Chocolate Bliss, but it sure does complement it well.  These energy bars are great when  you:

1.  Want to chew something instead of drink

2.  Are traveling and can’t take liquids or keep your Bliss cold (like on airplanes)

3.  Want some extra energy that’s sustainable and naturally derived from your extreme nourishment

4. Want a flavor sensation that is not quite savory, but not overly sweet either

And, I always feel really really happy when I eat them.  It’s kind of like a giddy excitement for what I’m experiencing in life.   I can get that way on my own sometimes, and it’s been really fun to automatically go to my happy place just by eating a yummy energy bar.

This recipe comes from Yemiah’s DVD’s of Raw Food Delights which is sadly no longer published.  I’ve also played with the recipe to try a version made with Chocolate Bliss powder.  Both are good, and there’s clearly a lot of variations you can make from this very simple and yummy recipe.

So, here’s Yemiah’s original recipe followed by my variations:

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Energy Bars

1 Cup Dates

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

1/2 Cup Cacao Powder

3 Tbsp Carob Powder (if you don’t have this, you can substitute cacao powder and it still tastes great)

1 tsp Sun Fire Salt

1.5 Cups Hemp Seed

1/4 Cup Bee Pollen

1/2 Cup Walnuts Chopped (optional and preferred)

1/2 Cup Cacao Nibs (optional)

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Food process the dates and vanilla into a paste.  Add the Cacao, Carob, and Salt and process until well mixed.  (Note:  when mixed until it rolls around the food processor in a doughy ball it will stick together a bit better but not be as easy to mix in the remaining ingredients … see my adapted recipe below for another solution for this).

Put the chocolate dough in a large mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients.  Mix well and form into balls or press into a pan or tupperware-like container to make bars.  Store in the fridge to keep them longer, but these can travel just fine without refrigeration.

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Awesome Cacao Nibs Tip:

If you choose to add Cacao Nibs to your energy bars (or to almost anything else) try this tip from Yemiah:  Soak the cacao nibs in water overnight, then rinse and drain.  Use them as is or soak them again in a little Vanilla Agave Nectar if you prefer a sweeter chocolate taste (rather than the natural bitterness of raw cacao).

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Melissa’s Happy Bars – My Current Favorite Variation

1 Cup Dates

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

1/2 Cup Cacao Powder

3 Tbsp Carob Powder (if you don’t have this, you can substitute cacao powder and it still tastes great)

1 tsp Sun Fire Salt

1 Cup Hemp Seed

1/4 Cup Bee Pollen

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour (“Coconut Secret” is the brand I got at my local Natural Grocers store)

1/2 Tbsp Vitamineral Green

1/2 Cup Walnuts Chopped

6 Tbsp Coconut Oil

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Food process the dates and vanilla into a paste.  Add the Cacao, Carob, and Salt and process until well mixed.  (Note:  mix this only until you have a crumbled date/cacao mixture).

Put the date/cacao mixture in a large mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients.  Mix well and press into a pan or tupperware-like container to make bars (balls are a little more crumbly and might melt a little at room temperature with the coconut oil).  Store in the fridge to keep them longer, but these can travel just fine without refrigeration (easier to travel in the tupperware container of course).

I like this variation because the coconut flour and coconut oil give my body some additional sustained slow-release energy and I love having greens in my diet without tasting them.

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A Note About the Carob Powder

Wow, this SunFire Super Food Pristine Carob Powder is good!  I’ve had regular grocery-store carob powder in the past and it never tasted good to me.  Probably because it was roasted?  Anyway, this carob powder is yummy, slightly sweet, and a great complement to the Cacao Powder – both for taste and nutritionally.  As I understand it, when you ingest Cacao and Carob together your body is more able to uptake the magnesium in the cacao and the calcium in the carob and put them both to good use.  Yummy and nutritious – my favorite combination!

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One more variation I’ve tried on these bars …

Chocolate Bliss Energy Bars

1 Cup Dates

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

1/2 Cup Chocolate Bliss Powder

1/2 tsp Sun Fire Salt (less than the other bars because there’s already some in the Bliss)

1 Cup Hemp Seed

1/4 Cup Bee Pollen

1/2 Tbsp Vitamineral Green

1/2 Cup Walnuts Chopped

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Food process the dates and vanilla into a paste.  Add the Chocolate Bliss Powder and Salt and process until well mixed.  (Note:  I mixed this version until it was a doughy ball so I didn’t add any coconut oil as in the above recipe).

Put the date/bliss mixture in a large mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients.  Mix well and form into balls or press into a pan or tupperware-like container to make bars.  Store in the fridge to keep them longer, but these can travel just fine without refrigeration (easier to travel in the tupperware container of course).

This variation is nice because Chocolate Bliss is already designed to be a staple food with the Vitamin C ingredients, Vitamin E bearing Tocotrienols, coconut flour, hemp seeds already in it, and several other superfoods that support your nutritional/health balance.  Actually, this one might become my new favorite once I add some coconut oil back into it. :)

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Here are a couple more ideas for you to play with as you make your own energy bars:

  • Use essential oils for different flavors: orange, mint, lemon, etc.
  • Add in Tocotrienols for a fluffier, more malt/milk chocolate flavor and additional Vitamin E components
  • Add in other superfoods to meet your nutritional desires: Maca, Seaweed Energy, Blue-Green Algae, Mesquite (gives a cinnamon/chai flavor)
  • Add in Goji Berries for a chewy, tangy flavor and more Vitamin A
  • Add in Chia Seeds for something crunchy
  • Use Cacao Butter in place of Coconut Oil if your Energy Bars are “melting”.  Simply melt the cacao butter in order to mix it in, refrigerate the completed bars for an hour, and then your bars can stay at room temperature in a solid state.

If you come up with a new recipe, let me know what it is … I’m open to trying and posting new ideas. :)

Enjoy!


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