by Heather Harris Brady
I confess to being suspicious of tiny plastic cartons that cost $6.99, unless they contain dark chocolate sea salt caramels – in which case they are obviously worth the price. So when the DH brought home said carton and it was full of what appeared to be little more than grains I thought “surely I can do that.” And guess what? I can. You can. And provided you have a food processor it’s as easy as falling into a recliner.
So whether you’re binge-watching American Ninja Warrior or actually heading out and doing some of ninja things these tasty little bites are great to take along for the ride.
Energy Bars, Makes about 48 bite-sized bars
1-1/2 c. rolled oats
½ c. ground nuts (I used hazelnuts.)
8 oz. dried dates (I used California dates but medjool would be good.)
1/3 c. dried goji berries
2/3 c. unsweetened coconut powder
2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
2/3 c. flaxseed
1/2 c. chia seed
Sliced crystallized ginger
Soak the dates and goji berries in warm water until soft, about two hours. Drain but reserve the water.
Preheat the oven to 325. Put the rolled oats in your food processor and grind them to a coarse-ish powder. Add the ground nuts.
Then add the coconut, dates and goji berries.
Add the salt and cinnamon. Process for 30 seconds to a thick dough.
If you find you need a little more water, drizzle in up to 1/3 cup of the water you reserved from soaking the dates.
Turn the dough out and knead in the flax and chia seeds.
Press the mixture onto a greased baking sheet in one thick layer. Decorate the top with the rest of the ingredients, pressing them in slightly to make them stick. You can use whatever you want here, that’s the fun part!
Slide the sheet into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
Let the bars cool and then cut them into two-bite squares.
Store at room temperature in a covered container.