quinoa energy bars.

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These little bars are so great. Fairly easy to throw together, full of energizing foods, and totally delicious. I’ll be honest – if you’re looking for a low-cal treat, these are probably not it. Almonds and nut butter have high fat content, and dates and chia seeds are high in calories. However, if you are looking for a quick energy fix and a clean source of it, these are perfect! Those almonds will fill you with healthy fats and clean protein, dates will boost your energy with natural sugars, and chia seeds are full of fiber, minerals and omega-3s.

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Quinoa Energy Bars

Ingredients:
1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cup water
10 whole dates (no sugar added)
1/2 cup raw almonds (with skin)
1/3 cup nut butter of choice (I always have this lying around!)
1 T chia seeds
1/4 chocolate chips
1 T honey

To cook your quinoa, add quinoa and water to small pan. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Cool and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I usually let it sit overnight).

1. Using a food processor, chop the dates. Pulse until they form a ball. Remove the dates and set them aside in a bowl.
2. Using a food processor, mince the almonds. Pulse until they are finely minced, but make sure they don’t turn into mill.
3. Add dates, nut butter, chia seeds, honey, chocolate chips, and cold quinoa to the almonds in the food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined.
4. Using your hands, shape the mixture into 2″ x 1″ bars with about 1″ thickness.

I usually store these in my refrigerator on a dish or wrap them individually to bring for a snack during the school day.

Adapted from http://skinnyms.com/quinoa-protein-bars/

Enjoy!

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