Often I don't want to fuss with breakfast, or should I say most of the time, meaning a quick alternative must be on hand for not only morning grazing, but also healthy bites to satisfy cravings whenever they hit. Energy bars have always been a good choice, though most of the store-bought varieties are filled with artificial sweeteners and are just too sweet and stale tasting. Did I mention how costly they are?
The solution is to make your own energy bars at home, for a fraction of the cost, with total control over what you are adding into the mix, and with very little investment in time. As a health conscious vegetarian, I find that these are especially handy for road trips. Pizza, bland oily salads and bagels just don't satisfy hunger when you need a real energy fix on the road. Packed with protein, homemade energy bars are also a great snack to take to work or school. What I particularly like about these homemade bars is that there is no added sweetener — just the goodness of dried fruit and some unsweetened apple juice. Feel free to mix and match your favorite staples. You really can't go wrong with this recipe.
I've adapted this recipe from Power Hungry, a new release by Camilla V. Saulsbury devoted to energy bars. Spanning over 150 pages, there are plenty of ideas for homemade healthy snacks and treats. "Super-Natural Knock-Offs", "Activity Bars", "Endurance Bars", "Protein Bars" and "Raw and Almost Raw Bars" are offered up for our consideration, complete with an informative and comprehensive pantry section. All of the recipes are easily adaptable for vegans as most are dairy-free, and can easily meet gluten-free requirements. The book is also soy-free. If you are looking for ways to incorporate more seeds, nuts, dried fruits and grains into your diet, then I would highly recommend this book. I know already that this recipe is only the first of many that I will try. I'm already planning to make cherry pie bars, black bean protein brownies, citrus seed fruit bars, chickpea champion bars, Greek yogurt muesli bars and many other ideas from the book.
And now a treat for my readers. I am delighted to offer my readers in the US and Canada a chance to win a copy of this invaluable book. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, indicating your favorite healthy snack. Please do ensure that you leave an email address along with your comment if you don't have one associated with your blog or do not have a blog so that I can contact you should you win. This giveaway will run until October 12th. I will then choose a random winner using a random number generator.
*Note: I received a complimentary copy of Power Hungry for possible review and provided with an opportunity to host a giveaway. The opinions expressed here are my own.
|Quinoa Nut and Fruit Protein Bars|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook
Published on September 28, 2013
Easy homemade energy bars packed with protein and flavor from nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices
Other healthy snacks you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Peanut Butter Carob Balls
Cocoa Fruit Treats
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Balls
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