Saturday, September 18, 2010

Energy Chunks

Check out these energy loaded bars (vegan and similar to larabars)! Created by a marathon runner who just couldn't find the right thing to eat. These sound awesome... and very healthy. Will have to try this recipe before my next major hike.

What you'll need . . .

  • 1 cup dried, pitted apricots
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

Method . . .
In a food processor, combine the apricots, cashews, peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. This can be tough work for your food processor. I actually blew the motor out on mine, so I'd recommend using one that is larger (mine's only 4 cups) for this process. Then turn out the mixture into a medium bowl and fold in the sunflower seeds. You may wish to adjust the peanut butter and/or maple syrup to meet your desired consistency. Remove from bowl and press into an 8 x 8-inch foil-lined baking dish. Refrigerate overnight before cutting into chunks of desired size. Ours were about 1 to 1-1/2 inch squares.

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