I have to admit that I have a big time soft spot for my Bonk Bars.
They were one of my first original recipes that people were really excited about. On top of that, the honest-to-gosh-golly-goodness truth is that I just LOVE them SO much. They are my absolute favourite bar to have hanging around when I’m training for a distance run, rehearsing like mad for a dance show, or just being the busy body, high-functioning human that I am. They are THE perfect afternoon slump, pick-me-up bar with all those great combinations that we love so much: macronutrient balance, nutrient-density, and total flavour jam!
These bars were inspired by a good friend who is hypoglycemic and tends to “bonk” (have a blood sugar crash inducing fits of rage and/or extreme grumpiness) if he doesn’t eat good food regularly. Loaded with blood-sugar stabilizing fiber (dates), fats (coconut oil & chia), proteins (nuts & seeds), complex carbs (oats), and natural sweetness, these are fool-proof bars for active people, athletes, teenagers, regular “bonkers”, and sweet-treat lovers everywhere. Easy to throw together and incredibly satisfying, these will keep well for weeks in the fridge (I dare you to try) and freeze well too!
Look out for your friends.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Category: Snack, Healthy Treat, Power Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Real food, Nutrient-dense, Vegetarian, Raw
Yield: 16 bars
1 cup medjool dates
1 cup almond butter
1 cup oats
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup shredded coconut
3 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
¼ cup goji berries (mulberries/golden berries)
Soak dates in boiled water until soft (about 7-10 minutes).
In food processor, combine dates and almond butter until smooth. Add oats and coconut oil and pulse until roughly combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients and combine.
Pour into a lined 8 x 8 square pan and press down with wet hands until evenly distributed and smooth.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. Store in fridge.
If you try these Bars and love them (or not), let me know how they worked out for you!!
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Sesame Chocolate Power Balls