Disclosure: I received products from Barlean’s free as part of #RecipeMakeover week. All opinions are my own.
Energy bars are quite a big trend these days. Many coffee shops or cafes sell a wide variety of energy bars in all shapes and sizes. But making energy bars at home is quite easy. All you need is some healthy ingredients and a food processor.So today I have a healthy recipe for Enery bites made with cacao nibs, dates and Barlean’s digestive blend. Barlean’s is one of our sponsor for this week’s #RecipeMakeover event and they were very kind enough to send us their Digestive Blend and Butter flavored coconut oil. I used them both in this recipe.Barlean’s digestive blend has flax seeds, chia seeds, coconu and quinoa. It is organic and a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid, dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and plant based protein. It is flavored with a natural pumpkin pie spice flavor which gives the nutrient-filled blend a delicious warmth of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.
I stir this blend in to Greek yogurt along with tiny bit of honey and then top it with fruit and some granola for crunch — this has been my breakfast for the past couple of days and I totally love it. It is delicious and keeps me full until lunch time.The recipe for these cocoa dates-nut energy bites is from Bon Appetit magazine. The orginal recipe used a combination of ground chia seeds, ground flaxseeds and ground hemp seeds. I simply subbed that with Barlean’s digestive blend and it worked beautifully.
The recipe also uses coconut oil which I subbed with Barlean’s butter flavored coconut oil. This gives the bars a nice buttery flavor without the strong coconut taste. These bites are perfect as an afternoon snack to boost the energy. Keep them chilled for up to 5 days or frozen up to 2 weeks.