Berry Chia Energy Bars

There are so many fireflies and dragonflies this year, on my land! People say it means ultimate and rich health on your land. It’s interesting that the word for Dragonfly here, “caballo de diablo,” means “devil’s horse.” Cute!

Recipe of the Day – Energy Bars

 Ingredients:

For the berry chia jam:
1 cup raspberries, moras or strawberries
1 tsp. coconut crystals, coconut syrup, honey or pinch of stevia
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 T. chia seeds

For the bars and ctopping:
1 cu oats
1 c. walnuts
6 pitted  dates, soaked 10 minutes (reserve the water)), or 1/3 c. sweetener of choice
pinch vanilla powder, or 1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1.  Pulse the oats until they become the texture of coarse flour. Add the walnuts, dates, vanilla and salt. Turn the processor on and with the motor running, add the dates through the feeder one at a time until the mixture is uniform in texture. Add a little date water, if needed.
  2. Evenly press 3/4 of the mixture in an 8-inch by 8-inch square pan, reserving the other 1/4 as the crumble topping.
  3. Place the chia jam ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.No need to wash the processor. Set aside.
  4. Spread the chia jam over the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining crumble topping. Cover and rchill for at least one hour before cutting into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Word of the Day – caballo de diablo – dragonfly

Tip of the Day –Top these bars with peanut or almond butter. Take them on the road or to work with you. They sure make a great, filling snack!

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