Our challenge this week in The Real Food Experience 2016 is to use only natural sweeteners – no processed sugar and no artificial sweeteners. I love sugar and sweets, so this challenge has reminded me to redouble my efforts to avoid foods that contain processed sugar.
Fortunately, I discovered homemade energy bars recently, and they have become the healthy answer to my frequent cravings for sweets. They’re a delicious and guilt-free treat, packed with real foods that contain healthy fats, fiber, and natural sugars. And they’re a great alternative to store-bought energy bars, which tend to be either ridiculously expensive or filled with processed ingredients.
One of the things I love most about these bars is that you can customize them to make everyone in your family happy. The basic ingredients are raw almonds, rolled oats, medjool dates, and coconut oil. Beyond that you can pick and choose almost any additional ingredients or add-ins you like. My recipe has flax meal, which is full of healthy fatty acids, fiber and compounds that may fight cancer, and chia seeds, which contain healthy fatty acids, fiber and protein – and add a bit of crunch. And dark chocolate because – well, it’s dark chocolate.
If you’re looking for a real food snack, give these healthy and delicious homemade energy bars a try.
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