Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thrive Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

Triathlete Brendan Brazier shared these raw energy bar recipes with us. While energy bars can be pricey, you can make them at home to control costs.

1 small apple, cored
1 c dates
1/2 c cooked quinoa
1/4 c almonds
1/4 c flaxseed
1/4 c hemp protein (or your favorite protein powder)
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg

In a food processor, process all ingredients until desired texture is reached. If you prefer a uniformly smooth bar, process longer. If you would rather a bar with more crunch and texture, blend for less time.

Remove mixture from processor and either shape into balls or a brick. To roll into balls, simply pinch off a desired amount and roll between your hands. To roll into a brick, which you can cut into bars, places mixture on plastic wrap and flatten, covering with another layer of plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin to roll mixture to the desired thickness, then cut into bars.

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