Saturday, November 6, 2010
Ooey Gooey Breakfast Bars
You're definitely going to want a decent food processor for this recipe...not because it's the only way that you'll arrive at the correct result, but because I've tried using blenders and low-powered food processors for things like this, and it's SO frustrating!
1/2 c. sunflower seeds (vitamin E and protein, not to mention a perfect food!)
1/2 c. almonds (amazing source of protein and iron)
1/2 c. walnuts (obviously protein, but loaded with antioxidants too!)
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds (mineral rich, omega-3 fats, protein and iron!)
3 T. hemp seeds (perfect protein, omegas-3&6, iron, and minerals...superfood!)
-Throw all these in your food processor, and grind until they form a "wet powder". (it won't be fine like flour, but that's ok).
-Note: I only listed a FEW of the major benefits of each of these nuts/seeds...can you see why I used them specifically?!
1/4 c. water
1 c. pitted dates (you may want to add these 1 at a time...I didn't, but if you doubt your food processor's abilities, this would ensure good results!)
1/2 c. coconut (raw, shredded) (great source of lauric acid...very important!)
1/4 c. ground flax seed (cancer fighter, balanced omegas 3 & 6, high dietary fiber, DHA...and the list goes on and on!)
3 T. cacao nibs, ground in a coffee grinder until powdered (this is an AMAZING antioxidant boost, not to mention high in dietary fiber and magnesium)
1/8 t. good sea salt (this is optional, but it does bring out the flavors in an amazing way...PLUS if you get a mineral-rich sea salt, you'll get the added bonus of minerals too!)
-Grind the rest of these awesome ingredients up, and all you have left to do it press them into a pan! I used a bread pan in order to achieve a nice, thick bar, but use whatever you have...OR roll them into a ball!
-The chewiness of the dates keeps these bars soft and sweet, the nuts/seeds lend the substance and the protein, the combination...INCREDIBLE!
-This recipe made 10 bars, so you just may want to double it!
-Important Note: I always use raw, unsalted nuts and seeds unless otherwise specified. You'll obtain the full benefit of them, without the nutrients being destroyed by heat and then masked by salt.