These are the energy bars that we ate after our hike the other day.
They are a slight adaptation of the Energy Bars I posted about a few weeks ago. The aim of these bars was to be less of a treat, and more a source of energy and protein. Despite this, these would still make a good lunchbox treat.
They were fantastic after a 4 hour (8km) hike – just what we needed when we got back to the car.
Because these contain cocoa, nuts and chia seeds, they are an AIP stage 2 reintroduction. When reintroducing foods on the AIP, I recommend this guide.
Chocolate Energy Bars
Makes 16-18 bars
10oz pitted dates
1 cup figs
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp bee pollen (we buy ours from Buzz Honey)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup almond butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp raw honey (we get ours from Buzz Honey)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
Place the dates, figs and almonds into a food processor and pulse to combine well. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is finely chopped and has come together as a paste. You may need to scrape down the sides several times.
Press into an 8×8″ baking pan (I use a silicone one as it makes turning it out a breeze!) and chill in the fridge overnight until firm.
Cut into bars and chill until needed.
If you are planning on taking these hiking remember that they will soften at room temperature – take a cooler and icepacks and keep them in that in the car.
Consume after exercise or a long hike!