Saturday, May 16, 2015

Copycat recipe: Lemon Vanilla Chia Bars

I took inspiration from an early morning snack by the beach yesterday for this recipe.  I wanted to recreate Kit's Organic Lemon Vanilla Chia Seed energy bars, and came up with a close enough version that is quite tasty, and best of all, super easy!  Scroll below the recipe for my top healthy energy bar picks that will fuel you, and not weigh you down as you achieve great things each day--whatever that looks like for you!

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.

healthy raw bar

lemon chia bar

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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 2.  Squarebars: Oh-em-gee.  Really, I wish I had invented these.  This one of my favorite protein bars that gets its protein from pea and hemp (love that hemp protein), and it tastes like dessert.  This is my treat snack or dessert when I want to satisfy a chocolate craving but not indulge.  Also, if you're having a crappy day, have one with herbal tea.  Problem solved.  My favorite is Cocoa Mint, followed by Cocoa Crunch then close behind, Cocoa Coconut.  My husband's favorite is Cocoa Cherry--unfortunately I can't handle chocolate with cherry. Or chocolate with blueberries or raspberries.  I know it is a normal thing to mix fruit and dessert but I had bad experience as a child in a candy shop on the Oregon Coast that involved me vomiting everywhere.  Whoa I digressed.  You'll love Squarebars, I promise you.  It tastes nothing like a healthy food, yet it is!  Literally it may tie with my Chia Chocolate Chip Cookie for being the yummiest treat ever.

square bars

There are a select few bars I can eat without getting sick.  Almonds are the only nut I can tolerate in certain amounts, and I've learned some energy bars with almonds work for me, though most don't.  In terms of protein, I have another favorite:

3.  Exo Protein Bars: Apple Cinnamon flavor, followed by Cocoa Nut.  These are the only nut-containing protein bars on my list, but they are delicious.  I love the sustainably, eco-friendly protein source of cricket flour (yes, cricket flour!) and I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more food items made from crickets soon. Click here to try them out and enter code AFL10 to receive 10% off!

exo protein bar

4.  CoGo Bars: These are tricky to find outside of Oregon.  I know they exist in several natural food stores.  This used to be my favorite bar (both the chocolate and apricot ones are amazing) and I still enjoy them though I prefer them as a light meal or snack, not necessarily a pre-workout fuel source or post-workout replenishment.  If they had more protein I'd be excited, but they are a still super-delicious organic allergen-free option. The apricot hemp one I think is a little better because it's less sweet, and I love they that have quinoa in them when you need a little more carbs.

organic energy bar

Thats about it for now for the yummy bars that my sensitive stomach (and taste buds) can handle.  What are your favorites?  Have you had any of these?  Let me know in the comments if I missed a great bar that I need to know about!

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