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Sunflower Sesame Homemade Energy Bars


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 16 bars

Description

These delicious homemade energy bars are made with nutritious seeds instead of nuts making them an affordable alternative to store-bought bars. Try them with tahini, almond butter or peanut butter to switch up the flavour and try adding chocolate chips for a treat.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (70 g)
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds (80 g)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (75 g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (50 g)
  • 2 cups lightly packed, soft and pitted dates (400 g)
  • 1/2 cup drippy tahini, peanut butter or almond butter (120 g)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt (optional, I love the salted flavour but you can leave out if you like)

Instructions

  1. Add the seeds and coconut to a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add the dates, peanut butter and sea salt and process until it resembles a crumbly dough.
  3. Line a square baking pan with parchment or wax paper or saran wrap and press the dough firmly into the pan. Take a few minutes to really work it in there.
  4. Place the pan in the freezer for 3 hours to firm up.
  5. Lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 16 bars or squares.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months. They don’t freeze solid and taste amazing straight from the freezer, so I would recommend storing them in a sealed container in the freezer.

Notes

  • I didn’t add chocolate to mine but for a treat, try them with 1/4 cup of dairy-free chocolateĀ chips, chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs pulsed in at the end.
  • I cut mine into 16 bars but you could 12-14 larger bars, or even 8 really big bars. You can also roll the dough into balls if you prefer.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 202
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5 g
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