I don’t know about you but I am always up for having more energy.
Take this weekend for example. It was my oldest and bestest friends wedding and I decided to throw caution to the wind and stay up until 2am – yes that is 2am people! (For those of you who don’t know me I am a total early bird and love nothing more than to get 8 hours sleep a night). So you can imagine that come the wedding breakfast I was in need of some energy!
And because I am getting old my recovering of this lost sleep takes days which is why I found myself making these Chocolate Chia Energy Bars (Paleo, Vegan & SugarFree!) Because behind the scenes at Super Naturally Healthy (aka me on my sofa or desk if I feel fancy) there is much activity taking place.
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But back to chocolate.
These rich, dark chocolate and energy dense bars (or squares – cut them how you like!) will keep you going for hours. The are surprisingly filling (so don’t be tempted to cut a massive sizes!) and the Chia Seeds also add an extra crunch to which I really like and they have a whole host of other benefits too:
- The word chia is ancient Mayan is word used for strength so despite their tiny size they are very nutrient dense, 28grams of chia gives you:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. (See sources)
- They are also high quality protein which means your ruler for longer and help people with losing weight perfect for vegetarian too.
- High in Omega 3 fatty acids. My favourite reason as I am combating some mild joint pain so am getting all the omega 3 fatty acid I can get. Omega 3 help REUDCE inflammation and have more of them gram for gram than salmon! BUT fish is still the best source of omega 3 as chia seeds contain mainly the ALA source of omega 3’s which are body struggles to convert into the bio available EPA OR DHA forms. So eat fish AND chia.
- Great for hydration and training as they absorb loads of water and release it into your system. Also a study show they are good for endurance training and chance performance but I have not seen any other studies suggesting this.
So there you have it! So grab yourself a food processor (I use a Magimix) and blend up a batch and plonk then in your fridge for a natural energy boost!
As with most of my recipe requiring nuts I soak and dehydrate mine before use to make them more digestible and kinder on my gut. Click here to find out more
Chocolate Chia Energy Bars
- 150 g almonds
- 4 tbsp organic cocoa
- 4 tbsp 'scoops' organic coconut oil
- 5 medjool dates
- 1/10 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2-3 tbsp desiccated coconut if desired - or cacao nibs dried cranberries would also taste good here too!
- Blend the almonds, coconut oil, dates and salt for about 10 minutes until it is runny and smooth - this takes time so be patient 🙂
- Add the cocoa powder and chia seeds and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a lined glass dish and smooth out top. I made then about 1-2cm in thickness .
- Place in fridge to set.
- Keep in fridge for softer texture or freezer for a harder crisper finish.
These are quite rich so you may want to cut then into smaller squares to serve 12-16 instead.
I have not tried these with cacao but I imagine it would work well.