I love chia seeds and use them a variety of ways but this is without a doubt my favorite so far! If you haven’t tried chia seeds, you should!
“Not only are they gluten/grain free naturally, but one tablespoon of Chia Seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries.”
Their texture can be a little strange if you aren’t used to them but they seriously give you energy all. day. long. These energy bars are a great snack or treat for kids or a healthy breakfast addition if you need the extra energy. They are also nut, dairy, and grain free so they are safe to send to schools even if there are allergy restrictions.
These energy bars contain coconut oil, giving them even more of a nutritional boost! If you have been wanting to incorporate more coconut oil into your diet, this is a delicious way to do it!
One word of caution: Do NOT eat these after dinner! I made that mistake (because they are so good and taste like cookie dough…). I had trouble falling asleep because I had so much energy. Not jittery, just I-could-get-so-much-done-right-now energy.
Chia seed energy bars are excellent as an endurance food: “Supposedly, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans use chia as a staple of their diet and as an energy food. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance while running long distances or during battle (source).”
Chia Seed Energy Bar Ingredients:
- 6 large Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon powder for taste
- Optional add ins: Dark Chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit (a couple tablespoons of any add-in)
What to Do:
Remove the pits from the dates and pulse the dates in a food processor or blender until it forms a paste. In a medium bowl, mix the date paste with the chia seeds and coconut oil. It will form a thick dough.
Roll this dough into balls or press into the bottom of a glass or silicon baking dish and cut into squares. It can be eaten immediately in dough-form. We prefer to put it in the fridge or freezer to give it more of a chewy texture. These can be wrapped in wax paper or parchment paper and sent for lunches or snacks.
Do you like chia seeds? How do you use them?