Almond Power Bars - TastyPlanner.com
For the past few months, I have been playing around with power bar recipes. When I’m on the go, I want to grab something that is packed with nutrition, not too sweet and plenty tasty.
These no bake, high-protein, high-fiber bars are based upon Melissa Diane Smith’s recipe for Amaretto Protein Bars in her book Going Against the Grain and are a cinch to make. The chocolate topping makes them seem a bit decadent (skip it if you must, they’ll still come out fine) –though dark chocolate, rich in anti-oxidants has now entered the echelon of power foods so I’ll keep it on mine.
By the way, the photo pictured here is actually of Macadamia Power Bars. To make that recipe simply substitute raw macadamia nuts for the almonds and raw macadamia nut butter for the roasted almond butter.
You can view the full recipe at http://www.elanaspantry.com/2008/02/01/power-bars/
2 cups almonds (raw)
1/2 cup flax meal (flax seeds ground in a blender)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup unsalted almond butter (roasted tastes better)
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 drops stevia
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dagoba chocodrops (optional)
Instructions1. Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in a food processor 2. Pulse briefly, about 10 seconds 3. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat, 4. Remove coconut oil from stove, stir stevia, agave and vanilla into oil 5. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste 6. Press mixture into an 8 × 8 glass baking dish 7. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens 8. In a small saucepan, melt chocodrops over very low heat, stirring continuously 9. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens 10. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve