Superfood Energy Bar ”Squares, Balls, Bites ? That is the only question

Do you ever feel like you are constantly running to get somewhere?  Are you often eating on the go?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make. It is loaded with nutrious ingredients.  You can play with the recipe as you go.

 

Nutritional science keeps evolving, and it is becoming clearer that the human body needs a mixture of different types of healthy foods to keep us at the top of our game mentally and physically.

Feel free to substitute any ingredients in it except the dates and coconut.

Use ingredients that you have on hands.

Blend it less if you want chunk in it, blend it more if you want a smooth bar.

Have fun with it and ask your kids to be your little helper.  They will love it.

 

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Energy Proteins Squares or Balls - Superfood
No baking, easy to make. Made with super nutritious ingredients only Make them so you know what's in them!
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 30
Servings
many
Ingredients
Base for your Energy Bar
Add Seeds
Add Nuts (if you are not allergic)
Add Superfood
Add Flavors
Food Flavouring Essential Oils (Therapeutic grade only)
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 30
Servings
many
Ingredients
Base for your Energy Bar
Add Seeds
Add Nuts (if you are not allergic)
Add Superfood
Add Flavors
Food Flavouring Essential Oils (Therapeutic grade only)
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, coconut oil and Coconut flakes in the food processor and pulse to mix well.
  2. Add seeds and the grounded chia & flax seeds to the mix and blend some more.
  3. If you are not allergic to nuts, add your choices of nuts. PS, if you want more texture, add the nuts at the end of the preparation. When using the food processor, don't pulse too much so you keep chunk of nuts in your energy balls.
  4. Add ''Superfood'' of your choice Raw, Natural, Nutritional Goodness! There is so much variety of superfood powder on the market right now, be creative, use what you have at home: Baobab, Maca, Moringa, Spirulina, Açai, Cacao, Turmeric, Bee pollen, Matcha, Camu Camu and of course Wolfberry 🙂
  5. Blend the mix well
  6. Give flavor to your energy bars I like to separate the base in 3 or 4 differents batches. Place in different bowl and then flavor each one differently. This is the time to add essential oils to add extra tang. Remember, 1 drop goes a long way. Don't over do it. try 3-4 drops and then taste. You can add dark chocolate and peppermint essential oils in one group. You can add orange zest and citrus essential oils in another. I like spices, so I always make one with turmeric and Black pepper essential oils
  7. Then I place the mixture on parchemin paper and I flat it out. I make a rectangle and let it cool down in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. I make squares or bar because it is faster, but for a better look, you can also make balls. When I make balls, I like to coat them with cacao powder and/or coconut shread so they are not sticky.
  8. When your energy bar have cool down, you can cut them into pieces of the size that you want. I freeze them so they stay fresh longer. Bon Appetit!
Recipe Notes

This recipe is super easy to make.

 

Here’s some extra information for you.
Why do I grind Flax and Chia seeds?

You need to grind flax seeds so your body can absorb the nutrients.  If you don’t grind them, they will just pass through your body and you won’t get any nutrient out of them.

Unlike flax seeds, Chia seeds don’t need to be grinded for absorption, but when you do, you make them easier to digest.

FLAX SEEDS: Excellente source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3, high in lignans, a plant compound that has antioxidant properties.

Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers help maintain a good blood sugar and cholesterol levels and it also work as a prebiotic to feed the good bacteria in your gut.  Insoluble fibers work as a broom to keep your intestin clean.  Flaxseed are a great source of vitamins and minerals ( E, K, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus)

CHIA SEEDS: These amazing energy enhancer are gluten-free.  Chia seeds are high in protein, omega-3, antioxidants flavonoids such as quercetin. They are low glycemic food and can help balance blood sugar. Contains Vitamins and minerals such as niacin which help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.  High in calcium, phosphorus and manganese minerals. Chia seeds are an excellents source of fiber and offer a unique blend of  soluble and insoluble fibers.  When soaked, chia seeds creates a gelatinous affect.

What?  Did you say Cricket Flour???

Yep, this powder is made from crickets, but let me just say, you won’t taste anything bad in here.

The flavor of cricket flour is mildly nutty and more pleasant than expected.  Actually, if I don’t tell you, you probably wouldn’t even notice.

I use crickets flour because it is really high in proteins.  crickets are about 58 to 65 percent protein per bug.  Some amino acids common in insects are Lysine and Tryptophan.

It also have high nutritional value.

They are high in vitamins and essential minerals: Vitamin B-12, Potassium, Calcium,  Iron (twice as much as spinach), Magnesium, Selenium and fatty acids.

 

What is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen is a natural mixture of flower pollen, nectar, bee secretions, enzymes, honey and wax used as a nutritional supplement.

It has a nutrient-rich profile that includes tocopherol (Vit E), niacin (B3), thiamine (B1), biotin, folate, polyphenols, carotenoid pigments, phytosterols, enzymes, and co-enzymes.

Bee pollen has very high antioxidant properties similar to those of fermented foods.

Bee pollen is said to enhance energy, sharpen memory, slow the aging process, promote weight loss, and improve athletic performance. It has anti-inflammatory properties also and also strengthen the immune system.

IMPORTANT: Taking bee pollen with warfarin (Coumadin) might result in an increased chance of bruising or bleeding.

 

So many things are said about apricot Kernels, are they safe to eat?

Apricots kernels share many similar properties and uses with almonds.

They’re also loaded with healthy fats that help to lower “bad” cholesterol. The kernels contain essential fatty acids (omega-6s and omega-3s). These help fight heart disease, improve mental health.

Apricot kernels also contain the chemical compound amygdalin.  This has been previously linked to cancer-fighting claims.  None of these claim have been proven.

After reading many documents talking about Apricot kernels, I personnaly choose to add small amount in my nutrition.  I would suggest that you make your own research on amygdalin (vit K17) and that you decide for yourself.

 

 

Before I go, here are some flavoring ideas:

Orange/Chocolate: Add zests from an Orange and 6 drops of Orange essential oils

Refreshing Peppermint: Add 5-6 drops of peppermint vitality or peppermint + essential oils

Blood sugar regulator: Add 3 drops of Cinnamon bark EO and 3 drops of Ocotea essential oils

Try them and please share with us some of your ideas.

Bon Appetit

Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle

XOXO