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Recipes: Paleo Energy Bars and Raw Vegan Brownies

This post is for all you NE Spahtens heading up to the ORTC VT event and to Blizzard Blast and will need some quick energy either before, during or after the race.  I’ve made these many times, and I can vouch for them both being really good, and both provide a decent energy boost. The brownies are more of a treat but are still decent on the energy front.

Paleo Energy Bars

The first recipe comes from Turtlewoman on Hubpages. I’m a huge fan of dates and these really work well. Now I tend to take these to a different level personally. I use protein powder mixed with some melted coconut oil to make these stick together better, and to bump up the protein.  I’ve chopped the chocolate bar up as written, but I’ve also melted it to drizzle over the dates and nuts/seeds. If you melt the chocolate bar, it gives these more of a decadent vibe. (If you want to cut out the refined sugar from the chocolate bars, combine melted coconut oil and cocoa powder for drizzling). Either method works well.

1 cup whole natural almonds
 12 to 14 Medjool dates, de-pitted
 ½ of a 88% dark chocolate bar
 ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  1. Pulse the almonds in food processor until you get small bits, but not paste. Empty into mixing bowl.
  2. Do the same with the dark chocolate.
  3. Process the dates in the food processor until smooth. They will tend to come together in a ball. Add to nut/chocolate mixture. Add the pumpkin seeds whole.
  4. Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Mix the ingredients in the bowl. I usually just smoosh all of the ingredients together well with my hands. Then smoosh the mixture firmly into the pan.
  5. Cut into bars.

I have no idea where I found the inspiration for this one, but these were a surprise hit with me. The avocado may seem weird, but it’s a great source of healthy fats, and with the cocoa powder, is actually really lush and masks the flavor of the avocado well. You need really ripe avocados for this, otherwise you get chunks in the frosting. This can be done with walnuts, but as I’m allergic, I use almonds or seeds replace them. Feel free to use any of them or even none. I’ve made these successfully with no nut or seed at all. Again, you can bump up the protein factor with chocolate protein powder for the frosting part, but you still need the cocoa powder for the brownie part.

Raw Vegan Brownies

brownie:
 1 cup almonds
 1 cup dates
 ¼ cup cocoa powder

 icing:
 2 avocados, ripe
 ½ cup honey or maple syrup
 ¼ cup cocoa powder
 2 tablespoons coconut oil
 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
 dash salt
 dash cinnamon

  1. Place the brownie ingredients in a food processor and pulse the ingredients until blended and dry chunky. Press into a small pan.
  2. Icing: put all icing ingredients into blender or food processor and blend on high till smooth.
  3. Spread icing over brownies and pop in freezer to set for 1 hr. then cut and put in snack sized baggies.

Good luck to everyone this weekend!!

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