Grain-Free Energy Bar

grain free energy bar

I make my own ‘protein’ bars on a regular basis.  They are convenient to pack in my cooler bag for lunch, they are far cheaper that the bars on the market, and arguably much healthier.  Like many creations in my kitchen, however, I usually don’t follow a recipe.  I mix together the ingredients I have in the house, bind it together with some eggs, then bake it in the oven to see what happens.  When I’m asked how to make them, I really don’t know what to say.  So this time, I recorded my steps so I can share them with you!
Enjoy them!  And, feel really good about fueling your body with nutrients!
Dedicated to your success,
3 pears, quite ripe (you an use pear sauce, apple sauce, bananas, or skip altogether),
10 oz fresh pitted dates (or soaked if they are dried) **I will use less next time- I found the bars were a bit too sweet.  Also the dates upped the sugar content a little more than I would like.
1 1/2 cups whole almonds
3/4 cup walnut halves
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup ground flax seeds (grind you own)
3 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
4 eggs
1 cup egg whites
Preheat oven to 350F.
Put the pears in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Add the dates (soak them if they are dried).  Add almonds and walnuts and process until nuts are in pretty small pieces.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Add pumpkin seeds, ground flax, cinnamon and cranberries.  Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, and add eggs and egg whites to large bowl.  Stir until the consistency is even.
Line a large baking sheet (the type with edges, or use a few large rectangle pans) with wax paper.  Grease the paper.  Trust me on this one!  Dump the ‘dough’ onto the baking sheet.  Use a spatula to spread evenly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let it cool completely before cutting.  Cutting can be a bit messy, especially as you get started.  Sometimes they break a part a little, or stick to the paper.  Not perfect, but pretty darn good.  I store them in the freezer right away.
Makes about 40 squares.
Per serving: 110 calories, 11g carbs, 7g sugar, 7g fat, 4g protein, 3g fibre

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