Cashew & Quinoa Energy Bites

Ever wonder how difficult it might be to make your own energy bars? Turns out that it’s actually REALLY easy. Like, almost too easy.

This entire process took about 10 minutes and cost around $3 for the supplies to make 8 small bars. The beauty in these is that you can completely customize the flavor and ingredients when you make your own energy bars at home. Like raisins? Add em. Like almonds? Add those too. Pretty sweet, huh?


I made a batch this morning before Eric went out for a 3+ hour bike ride – genius! 

I found a recipe (here) that made for a good base for me to build on. Eric and I like to sneak extra protein and vitamins in snacks like this whenever we can so I added a few extra things to this recipe like uncooked quinoa (not as crunchy and hard as you’d imagine) and chia seeds. I also added unsweetened coconut and a touch of honey because they add a hint of extra richness to the bars. The next batch I make will probably involve peanut butter instead of honey and maybe some cocoa powder – mmm!

If you like nutrient dense food for snacking or refueling for a workout, these are an absolute must-try.


Cashew & Quinoa Energy Bars

Ingredients:
[This recipe makes 8 small bars, about 1 inch x 2 inches, or 4 large bars]
1 1/2 cup pitted, dried dates
1 teaspoon honey *
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds *
1/2 cup dry roasted or raw cashews (unsalted)
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup dry, uncooked quinoa
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut *
* optional

Instructions:
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse until everything is in small pieces. Pour mix onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (optional) and use your hands to mold into a ball. Use your hands to push down and flatten the “dough” into an even layer, about 1/2 inch thick and shape into a square or rectangle. Once you get a size, shape, and thickness you like, gently slice into 8 small 1×2 inch bars. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


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