If you’re tired of overpriced energy bars that taste like cardboard, there’s an alternative. You can make your own homemade chocolate energy bars in minutes using seeds, pureed dates, and dark chocolate — no baking required!
The trio of seeds — hemp, chia, and sunflower — provide a nice dose of protein and good fats, and the sweetness is provided by dates and vegan chocolate chips (please choose fair trade!) Personally, I think toasted, salted sunflower seeds add the most flavor to these bars, but you can use them raw or toasted; salted or unsalted, as you prefer.
No more chatter here, let’s just make them! And the raw vegan truffles you see in the photos will be coming up soon. Recipe adapted from Plant Power by Nava Atlas.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 226 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 27mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 16g Protein: 8g
Photos by Hannah Kaminsky, BittersweetBlog.com
A Word About Chocolate
A few years ago, the media burst forth with studies proclaiming that chocolate in its pure form is a good-for-you food. Chocolate’s caffeine-like components contribute to quick energy bursts, perfect for athletic and intellectual effort.
It’s encouraging to learn about the virtues of chocolate, but still wise to be choosy about what kind you consume. Dairy-free dark chocolate is the way to go, whether in bars for snacking on, or for chips or cocoa powder (or raw cacao) for baked or unbaked treats.
It’s important to choose fair trade chocolate in any form. Many major chocolate companies will not confirm that they comply with fair trade laws. These protect against unethical growing and harvesting practices, child labor, and even child slave labor (which has been documented in Ivory Coast, a major exporter of cocoa). Pleasing your palate should not come at the cost of human suffering.
So please consider fair trade chocolate both for the chocolate chips and the cocoa powder in this recipe!