Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars

July 30, 2014
Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars - These naturally sweetened power bars are loaded with protein, seeds, oats, and coconut. Perfect for snacking at home or on-the-go

What do you snack on

.. when you're away from home?

June Weekend 4

Photo Credit: DowntownFromBehind.com

If you're anything like me .. these are the situations when I'm more likely to make unfortunate eating choices.

In the past .. any of 3 scenarios would have played out. One .. I'd make the best choice possible from wherever I happened to be. Two .. I'd wait until I got home .. which often resulted in overeating because I was far to hungry by the time I sat down for a meal

Three .. I found myself succumbing to temptation (!)  “Since there isn't anything healthy here anyway .. you may as well splurge .. Cookie from the Co-op?”

Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars - These naturally sweetened power bars are loaded with protein, seeds, oats, and coconut. Perfect for snacking at home or on-the-go

The reality is .. at any given moment .. there are lots of great snacks in our fridge .. I just wasn't bringing something along. Why not?

Packing food is often the last thing on my mind as I rush out the door .. with all of my things .. puppies on leashes .. my mind already on the next thing. A simple note taped to the door “Have you packed a tasty treat?”

Snacks in our fridge aren't always packaged in a way that makes them convenient for grab-and-go. I invested in a cool looking container .. small enough to fit in my everyday bag .. though sturdy enough to hold up to being jostled. (Small baggies don't work .. trust me on this)

Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars - These naturally sweetened power bars are loaded with protein, seeds, oats, and coconut. Perfect for snacking at home or on-the-go

Then there's the mental game I play … it's easy for me to convince myself that it's ok to indulge when away from home. Therefore, I've been seeking out different recipes .. which make snacking feel somehow new & almost treat-like. It's not that I won't indulge .. every once in a while .. but it's a decision I make before walking out the door.

It's purposed.

This is one of those recipes I never get tired of. Packed with toasted nuts and coconut .. seeds .. oats .. and hemp hearts (or protein powder). Binding it all together are bananas .. maple syrup .. dates and a chia seed gel

Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars - These naturally sweetened power bars are loaded with protein, seeds, oats, and coconut. Perfect for snacking at home or on-the-go

It would be fun to hear your ideas for twists .. I've tried toasted walnuts .. unsweetened cocoa powder .. unsweetened crisp brown rice cereal .. and even a little espresso from time to time.

If you happen to be a Goals in Motion member .. I've got a stash ready to bring with me tomorrow .. you can give them a try. If you're brave enough to make it through my first class as a resistance instructor (!) .. a tasty treat will most certainly in order

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  If hemp hearts are a bit new to you .. read a bit more here. A few other recipe ideas can be found .. here

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~ Adapted from Elana's Pantry .. here

Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cups pecans, chopped & toasted (or any other nut)
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup hemp hearts (** or protein powder)
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup (** honey .. or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds & water. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine & whisk together the dry ingredients
  4. Add to the bowl of a food processor add the bananas, dates, coconut oil, vanilla, & maple syrup. Process until smooth.
  5. Add the chia gel to the food processor & pulse a few times to mix.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients & stir until well combined
  7. Spread the batter evenly into a baking pan (** I used a 10" cast iron pan) .. and smooth the top with the back of a spatula.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes .. or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. Let cool completely & store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They also freeze well .. take one out about ½ hour before enjoying
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 7
% Carbs: 37
% Fat: 38
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar (1/20th Total Recipe Calories: 162 Fat: 11.3 Carbohydrates: 15.59 Sugar: 7.84 Protein: 3.16

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