Superfood Energy Crunch Bars: Green Gold?

Although it does have a greeny goldy colour, the fact that this particular superfood energy bar hides a treasure of a different kind is perhaps more exciting. The kind that is green in colour and worth its weight in gold. A sustainably-and-organically-sourced-chlorella-and-spirulina kind of ‘health-gold’ that gives your energy levels and immune system a hefty boost. And we challenge you to taste the green; go on.

Prepare them when you have half an hour on the weekend, and keep them in the fridge for those short-on-time mornings when breakfast-in-the-car looms, or to snack on when you’re hungry and in a hurry. The nutrients inherent in the algae alone – never mind all the other good stuff in the ingredients list – are known to help digestion, protect your skin (and keep it looking younger), and aid the liver in the detoxification process. Essentially, you do the snacking and let these superfood energy crunch bars do the nourishing.


For Genius Parents

Cut the bars into bite-sized squares and add them to a fruit-snack platter for the kids. Will they know they’re eating super healthy stuff? Only if you tell them… 😉

IMMUNE-BOOSTING GREEN GOLD ENERGY CRUNCH BARS (with spirulina & chlorella)

Makes 10-12 (or loads of bite-sized squares)

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Wax paper (or baking paper)
  • Pan or dish roughly 20x18cm and at least 2cm deep

Ingredients

If you’ve only got one of the superfood powders, use just that one. If you have only one type of seed; use it. Don’t let a limited pantry stop you from trying your hand at these.

  • 1 cup dates, soaked in ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup cacao butter, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp Drasanvi Spirulina
  • ½ tsp Drasanvi Chlorella
  • 2 Tbsp Drasanvi Maca Powder
  • 1 – 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1⁄8 tsp salt
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup seeds (we used ⅓ cup of each: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, buckwheat)
  • 1⁄8 cup toasted sesame seeds (for a warm, toasty flavour)
  • ¼ cup Drasanvi Hemp Hearts
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil

Optional Chocolate Drizzle

  • ¼ cup cacao butter (can be replaced with coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp honey or natural maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder (can be replaced with sugar-free cocoa)

Instructions

This is a blend, press into a pan, refrigerate and slice kind of recipe. Pretty easy to do, and if you don’t eat them all at once, you’ll have a healthy snack at the ready for a week or two.

  1. Line your dish with wax paper. (TIP: grease the dish first so the paper sticks.)
  2. Drain the dates. *Idea: keep the water for a smoothie.
  3. In a food processor, blend the first 7 ingredients until combined; dates, cacao butter, spirulina, chlorella, maca, ginger and salt; about a minute or more on high, scraping down the sides once or twice.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor, and pulse to combine until the seeds are your preferred size – chunky or smooth. We liked the mixture slightly chunky.
  5. Press mixture into the dish, and refrigerate for half an hour or more.
  6. Remove from the dish by pulling up on the wax paper, peel paper away and cut into bars or small squares.
  7. Chocolate Drizzle: melt cacao butter over a gentle double boil, and stir in the sweetener and cacao powder. Drizzle over or coat the bars, seal in a container and store in the refrigerator.