JB’S ENERGY BARS

4 Oct

(from the book, The Healthy Hedonist)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

3 Tbsp organic sugar

3/4 cup of instant organic oatmeal

2 cups water

1 cup of prunes or other dried fruit (I used apricots and dates)

grated rind of one orange

2 Tbsp cocoa (I used 4)

1 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup tahini

1/4 cup maple syrup

3 cups soy protein powder

Plus topping ingredients

Spray two 8″ square baking pans with an all-natural non-stick cooking spray.  Dust the pans with organic sugar, then with a thin layer of unsweetened coconut.

Combine the oatmeal and water and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, chop the dried fruit in a mini-food processor, adding a sprinkle of protein powder to help keep the fruit from becoming so sticky they won’t chop.

Add the fruit, tahini, applesauce, maple syrup, cocoa and orange rind to the oatmeal mixture.  Stir until well mixed.

Add the protein powder gradually.  When the mixture becomes so thick that you can no longer stir it with a spoon, pour it out into a large bowl and knead in the rest of the protein powder.  When the ball is of consistent texture, cut it in half and press out one half in each of the two prepared baking pans.

Refrigerate the bar mixture fo 30 minutes or until it becomes more firm.  Cut the bars in thirds in one direction and in eighths the other direction.  (Result:  24 bars per pan.)  Roll each bar in the combined topping ingredients:

1 Tbsp finely ground coffee

3 Tbsp ground flax seed

2 Tbsp organic sugar

Store the bars in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.  They will keep well for one week.

One serving (3 bars) contains 9g protein, 4.8g fat, 20g carb, and 150 calories.  I find that three of them keep my energy high through late morning.

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