Lemon Vanilla Chia Bars
Yields 4 energy bars
6 organic medjool dates, pitted (or 1/2 cup dates)
1/2 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried apple, packed
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3/4 to 1 tablespoon lemon zest, loosely packed
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor, adding 1-2 teaspoons of water as needed for mixture to stick together.
2. Press into a wax-lined loaf or similar pan, and freeze or chill to set for 20 minutes. Slice and wrap in plastic wrap for a portable bar! Store in the fridge sealed to last several days.
As you can see, I don't always have the time to make my own bars (especially when I'm usually selling them, hehe--don't worry, one day Running Girl Bakery treats will be available outside the Monterey Bay area!)
So when I do grab a meal substitute or snack on the go, I want to be sure it's completely gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free, and usually nut-free and vegan. I like energy bars that fill me up but don't weigh me down, and most importantly, taste good. If it tastes terrible, why eat it? Life's too short for that nonsense. So if you'd like my allergy-free recommendations, here you go!
Running Girl's Fave Non-Homemade Energy Bars :
all available at natural food stores on through Vitacost
1. Kit's Organic Fruit & Seed Bars: two flavors, Lemon Vanilla Chia Seed and Cherry Pumpkin Seed are my snack or meal when I'm on the go and want a sweet treat with simple, healthy and organic ingredients and nothing hidden or sneaky.
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