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.
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
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
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.
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!).