Tuesday, October 15, 2013

fulfill your destiny energy bars

It's all about the energy these days. I'm one of those people who is sensitive to energy - you can be sure that when Mercury Retrograde rolls around, my world usually turns over, under, sideways, down. I'm not sure if its from having an increased awareness or part of being a bonafide empath, but I can be sensitive to different types of energy. You too?

I guess what it comes down to is that we are all energy, and whenever possible need to cultivate positive, rather than negative energy in our everyday. That is my yogic PSA (public service announcement) for the day.

My brother is one of those people; he is a positive, brilliant ray of sunshine in my life. No matter what, I can rely on him to cheer me up when I'm feeling less than stellar, or to always see the world in a positive way. Despite being a few years younger than me, he is the wiser spirit of us both (trust me on that).


These bars were created to help support his incredible athletic achievements and need for energy - he is a swimmer and is up five mornings a week (at 5am) to swim for two hours, in addition to other training throughout the day.

Inspiring!

So much so, that he inspired a combined kitchen effort to create these decadently energizing yet lightly moist Fulfill Your Destiny Energy Bars.


Craving inspiration for a delicious energy bar, we looked to one of my favourite health and wellness websites, Oh She Glows. Angela always has the best recipes to satisfy a number of cravings; in particular, her recipe for Quick'n Easy no-Bake Protein Bars caught our attention. 

We made a few changes here and there, but I wanted to make sure I gave credit Angela's original recipe as our primary source (sounds like a research essay lol).  

A few of the tweaks we made: adding in some lucuma powder for extra sweetness (it speaks volumes to an extra caramel flavour), increasing the oats to two cups and omitting the rice crisps, using my favourite vegan protein powder (Vanilla Sunwarrior), and throwing in some goji berries and cacao nibs for good measure. These will certainly help to increase your energy, Olympic athlete in training or not. 


Fulfill Your Destiny Energy Bars
Makes 10 large bars
Inspired by Oh She Glows

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats, blended into a flour
1/2 cup Vanilla Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder
1/4 teaspoon himilayan sea salt, to taste
1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
1/2 cup almond butter 
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
3 tablespoons cacao nibs 
3 tablespoons goji berries
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
dash of homemade almond mylk, to taste 
1 bar Giddy Yoyo Vanilla Raw Cacao, melted

Directions

Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. Mix the ground oat flour, protein powder, lucuma powder, and dash of salt together in a large bowl.
    Add in the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir well to combine. If the mixture is a bit dry, add a splash of non-dairy milk and mix again. Stir in the cacao nibs, goji berries until well-combined.
      Press into pan and roll out with a pastry roller until smooth. Place in the freezer for about thirty minutes.
        Remove from freezer and slice into bars. Drizzle and slather (that's right, slather) with melted chocolate and freeze again until set. Will keep in the fridge for a few days or a few weeks in the freezer.


        This batch didn't last too long after the photoshoot, so I recommend doubling the recipe. Oh my stars, Fulfill Your Destiny Energy Bars; "you'll really dig them. They're fab...and all the other pimply hyperboles." 

        (a quote from one of my favourite films, The Beatles A Hard Day's Night. Check that out too!). 

        9 comments:

        The Peace Patch said...

        Thank you for the recipe...they look screamingly yumful! I've been playing with different protein powders in snacky foods and this will be a fun one to try. I definitely need to get some of this caramelly lucuma too!
        Thanks for the positive PSA...have a cheery day! :)

        jenny wright said...

        this looks divine. i'm going to make, i wish i could pin this!

        barefoot_and_frolicking said...

        Thanks Peace Patch!

        @jenny - thank you. are you having troubles pinning the recipe? It should work :)

        Elizabeth said...

        How do you like the Sun Warrior in smoothies?? Is it grainy? I need to add some more supplementation to a little one that needs help with protein. We have yet to try any of these powders. Oh, year ago or so I did do a sample pack of Vega but did not like it at all.
        Thanks for any response.
        Your bars are over-the-top delicious looking!!
        Peace & Raw Health,
        Elizabeth

        barefoot_and_frolicking said...

        thanks Elizabeth! I really do enjoy the Sunwarrior protein in smoothies, especially the Vanilla flavour. I haven't tried the other kinds. I think it can taste grainy depending on what else is in the smoothie, but I've also had it blended with water on its own and enjoyed it. I recommend trying it out :)

        Elizabeth said...

        ok, thanks I think I will have him try it. Vanilla would probably go best with the types of green smoothies I make the children.
        Thanks for answering my question!!
        Peace & Raw Health,
        Elizabeth

        Nicole Lopez said...

        I'm always looking for great energy bar recipes! But where do you get Giddy Yoyo Vanilla Raw Cacao from?
        Name: Tora
        Email: toracullip@gmail.com
        Website: www.donnaandtora.com

        barefoot_and_frolicking said...

        Hi Nicole, I buy Giddy yoyo chocolate from their online distributor: http://www.trulyorganicfoods.com

        Nicole Lopez said...

        Im always looking for great energy bar recipes. Thank you for posting this! ")

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