chocolate & blackstrap molasses energy bars
I’m currently on a cleanse (fruit juice, vegetable broth and such) to rid my body of any holiday indulgences I may or may not have ingested. The kids clearly are not cleansing, and since I won’t be preparing huge meals (i.e. they are living off freezer foods) I spent the morning making superfood energy bars. These bars are PACKED with nutrition thanks to a couple of secret weapons – black strap molasses and chocolate Shakeology. These are a hit with the kids, even my super duper picky toddler can’t get enough of these!
I have been drinking Shakeology for 5 or 6 years and I really rely on the superfood meal replacement to keep me healthy. It is pretty insane how much nutrition is packed inside a scoop of Shakeology. It is loaded with protein and fiber to reduce cravings and satisfy hunger. It naturally detoxes your body and makes it easier to for you to kick junk food to the curb. You won’t even want it anymore – promise. Shakeology also contains antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and even prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes – so your body gets the nutrition it needs and the things that help those nutrients be absorbed. It is also known for aiding digestion and promoting constant regularity.
I cannot say enough about it. You can buy it from me here **this is my coach link ;)
Blackstrap molasses is insanely good for you and the perfect sweetener for energy bars. It is highly regarded for its iron content, but is also an excellent source of vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium. There is a lot of talk about blackstrap being important for cancer prevention, but it also is good for bone, colon and skin health. It increases energy production and is a FABULOUS alternative to refined sugars or artificial sweeteners. It is very low on the glycemic index and appears to be a healthier option for diabetic and pre-diabetic people. I mean, sold, right?! Just make sure it is “blackstrap” molasses.
I make energy bars or granola bars, whatever you want to call them, often. I like to keep them around at all times so when hunger strikes or life gets too busy, I have something fast to grab that is healthy. It is kind of addictive once you start making your own bars because the combinations are endless! Basically, I stick to the same recipe, swapping out different nuts, dried fruits and seeds depending on what I have in my pantry. Today, I went with golden raisins, dried cherries, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and chia seeds because – you guessed it – that’s what I had in my pantry.
Chocolate & Blackstrap Molasses Energy Bars
2 cups rolled oats
2 packets Chocolate Shakeology (84g)
1 1/4 cups dried fruit (I used raisins and cherries)
3/4 cup nuts/seeds (I used peanuts, pepitas and almonds)
1 Tbl chia seeds
2 tsp ground flaxseed
1/4 cup toasted, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup molasses
3 Tbl natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
- Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, line with parchment paper, spray again and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a saucepan over low heat, combing molasses, coconut oil and peanut butter. Stir until combined and take off heat.
- In a bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Add molasses mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until it is well incorporated.
- Press into prepared baking dish with an offset spatula. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool and then place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container.