Guest Recipe: Ultra Energy Bars

In advance of the upcoming book, “The Plantpower Way”, I have been given the opportunity to share one of the recipes. For those not in the know, the book is written by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt. A review will be coming soon here, but here’s a break down from the info you can already get on the web.

“The Plantpower Way” is a recipe book in the plant based/ vegan category. Right, another one! What Rich and Julie have done, and where they hope to break some new ground, is to offer a recipe book that answers the questions…

So what do you guys actually eat?
How do I start?
How can I get my kids to make healthier choices?
Is it possible to eat well on a budget?
How can I make delicious, nutritious meals without spending all day in the kitchen?
And of course…Where do you get your protein?

from – http://www.richroll.com/blog/introducing-the-plantpower-way/

A major driving force to publish something like this is to also offer food and nutrition ideas to families that are making the transition, or who have lived this lifestyle for years. You can get more info by clicking the link in the quote above. I’m looking forward to offering new meals to my family, especially my extremely picky 7 year old. Next month I have a Ragnar Relay that I’m a part of, and I plan on making the following recipe. They look a lot like the one’s I mish mashed together on my own for this past Winter Death Race. If you make the bars, let me know what you think.

ULTRA ENERGY BARS

ultrabarsRich isn’t the only one who loves the supercharged vitality he experiences from eating these nutritious homemade bars – our kids devour them as a healthy alternative to processed store bought varieties. Power packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut and dried berries that boast a plentitude of protein, healthy fats and fiber, these energy boosters will keep your engine revving all day long. Great for packing in your child’s lunchbox! Eat one of these bars and then, as Rich says, get it done.

Ingredients
• 1 cup raw almonds or walnuts, soaked overnight
• 1/4 cup cacao nibs
• 1/4 cup hemp seeds
• 1/4 cup dried goji berries
• 2 tablespoon cacao powder
• 1/4 cup coconut, shredded
• Pinch large coarse Celtic sea salt
• 7-8 dates, soaked and pitted

Preparation
1. In a food processor, pulse nuts until mealy in texture.
2. Now add the cacao nibs, hemp seeds, goji berries, cacao powder, shredded coconut and sea salt to the processor. Pulse again until ingredients are well-incorporated.
3. With the motor running, add one date at a time. After seven dates, you will see the mixture ball-up on one side of the bowl. You may need to redistribute the mixture and process it again to make sure the dates are mixed in.
4. On a piece of parchment paper, press the cookies in an even layer about 1/4” thick.
5. With a knife, score out a grid of rectangular shaped pieces approximately 2” x 3”. If desired, press additional hemp seeds or shredded coconut on the surface.
6. Wrap in parchment paper or parchment bags. Take them out on a trail run, hike or bike ride to sustain you throughout your training session!

Reprinted from The Plantpower Way by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2015, Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
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