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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Energy Bars and Powering Through

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders! It's been a pretty crazy week, and I can finally sit down, not be anywhere, and gather my thoughts.

After our bi-monthly sushi dinner (featuring our self-invented BYOTea) this past Sunday, I was talking to my roommate Julie and we both knew it was going to be a hard week. So we came up with the concept of Best Week Ever. It is our way of tackling the week and powering through with a positive attitude. We focus on appreciating all the good things that happen to us, and looking at the challenges that come in a better light. A couple of examples: fitting in an extra workout? BWE. Making apple crumble just because? BWE. Seeing our favorite food (ie. salmon and pumpkin!!) at the cafeteria when we happen to be there? BWE. Getting free lunch at work? BWE. Finishing an assignment early? BWE. Finding out the landlords turned on our heat? BWE. Locking myself out but finding someone to borrow the keys from? BWE. Rushing from class to interview to class to practice but living through it? BWE. You get the idea...There are so many positive aspects to every day, but sometimes we fail to notice them just because we have already predetermined and make it okay to write off the day with a negative outlook. It might sound ridiculous, but this has been such a good way to stay focused and productive, and it makes getting through things you would otherwise not look forward to more fun. Anyways, I am definitely excited for a great weekend and many more Best Weeks Ever to come.

Another thing that helped get me through the week? These energy bars I created! They are packed with only goodness and have great nutritional balance. Try them and you will see...seriously a saving grace when you are always on the go.

Energy Bars
(Makes about 5 bars)

  • 1 medium, banana (very ripe works best)
  • 1/4 cup nuts (I used salted cashews)
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit (I used cherries)
  • 1/4 cup seeds (I used sunflower seeds, or sub for more nuts)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (try with another flavor and let me know how it is)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch (or other starch)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (thought I should add parenthesis here too)
  1. In a bowl, mash the banana well with a fork or other handy utensil. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  2. Add almond flour and arrowroot starch and mix well.
  3. Add in your mix-ins and stir well.
  4. Grease a small pan (I used a meatloaf pan and it was perfect) with your favorite oil and pour mixture in, pressing down where needed to evenly distribute throughout.
  5. Bake on around 275 for 30-40 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
  6. Take out the loaf, and cut into cute bars or squares.
  7. Power up as needed! And store in the fridge after a day.

That's it! These are great and can be a serious life saver...please continue sharing my page and recipes and have a great weekend!

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  1. I will most definitely make these this weekend and post the results on my Facebook fan page for everyone as well as a link back to you of course!

    1. That's awesome!! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it :-)

  2. They sound awesome! I love baking with bananas, they add such great flavor and texture. People should really stop buying the processed high sugar bars and start making their own, by using healthy ingredients. I bet they would taste great with goji berries.

  3. Thanks! I completely agree. It is so much better to know exactly what you are eating. I love goji berries, just tried them a couple of months ago!

  4. What are the nutrition facts?

    1. I don't usually post nutrition facts for my recipes, but I calculated it and if you are making 5 bars with the recipe above, the calorie count should come out to about 205 calories per bar!

    2. More importantly though, by making these you know that all ingredients are whole, unlike most bars at the store that have unhealthy additives and preservatives :)

  5. They came out PERFECT and another that my boys absolutely love as well!

    1. So glad you enjoyed them! There is a lot of room to be creative with these too..going to make another batch tonight :))

  6. is there a substitute for protein powder? It's very acidic and doesn't fit into my modified Paleo diet. Thank you :)

    1. You could just substitute equally with nut flour! If you wish, add about 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tbsp honey to make up for the taste of the protein powder. Good luck :)

    2. I also have a couple more energy bar recipes here, one of which doesn't require protein powder if you want to check them out!

  7. Recipe looks great. How should these bars be stored and how long do you think they last?

  8. wow these bars are AHMAZING! thank you soo much for the recipe!! i have tried multiple protein bar recipes and none were even close to as good
    as these! plus i love how theres room to add whatever you like! i substituted Enjoy Life choco chips for the dried fruit and will definitely be adding coconut next time! thank you again I have already shared this recipe with friends and will be checking out your others! :)


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