No Bake Mint Chocolate Cliff Bars/Energy Bars
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If you are anything like me when 3pm arrives I have hit a slump. My body decides that I need sleep and that a nap would be a better option than working. For anyone that has seen me during this afternoon slump they know that I instinctively search for anything sweet or with caffeine. Basically anything to help wake up this poor mama up. Lately instead of hitting the vending machine (which I now avoid at all costs) I would eat a Cliff Bar. They are sweet, delicious, and full of protein. However, they have a lot of ingredients that I can’t pronounce and were certainly hurting my pocketbook. At my local grocery store they run about $1 a piece (and that is on sale). If I eat one a day that’s $7 a week on a protein bar. That’s $28 a month on a snack! In my opinion that is way to expensive for a pick me up snack. I searched for an alternative to make my own and found a great recipe at Food Doodles http://fooddoodles.com/2011/06/28/one-bowl-all-natural-no-bake-energy-bites/. Check out her blog for great natural food recipes.
I adapted the recipe a little to make chocolate mint energy bars. I used peppermint oil from Young Living and they were AMAZING!
The ingredients below are what I used, but there are several different variations that can be made. (Please note for any breastfeeding momma’s this would be a great lactation cookie substitute. Just add flax meal and brewers yeast).
- ½ Cup Nut Butter (I personally used sunflower butter, which is a great option for those with nut allergies).
- 1/3 Cup of Honey (I added a little agave as well).
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oat
- 1 Cup Shredded coconut (or you can add bran, ground flax seed).
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- ½ Cup Add Ins (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc. Let your imagination run wild).
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 3 Drops Peppermint Oil (I used Young Living. Please note that I use Young Living oil because it is 100% therapeutic grade).
Combine all wet ingredients in a large bowl. Stir and slowly add dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Place bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes (I honestly left mine for an hour because I was distracted by my little kiddo). Take bowl out of fridge and roll in balls or whatever shape you prefer. Place in a container and store in fridge or freezer. These took less than five minutes to prepare and another two minutes once I got them out of the fridge. Can we say easy? Now enjoy a delicious and healthy energy bite! Beware these are so good that it is hard to only eat just one.
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