This recipe for these baobab infused energy bars, are one of the most simple and delicious homemade snacks out there, they honestly take no time to make, last you forever, are incredibly nutritious and so wonderfully energising. I love to make a big batch at a time, so I’m always prepared when the nibbles kick in!
These energy bars are made by blending cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, dried fruit, lemon juice and Aduna’s baobab powder. By blending and not baking, you create delicious smooth fudge-like bars that taste amazing without loosing any of their nutrients. Cashews, almonds and brazil nuts are all a great source of plant-protein with one cup of cashews being equal to 21g of protein, the same as a large breast of chicken! Unlike meat, the standard source of protein, nuts are digested easily and thus we are able to absorb all the avaliable nutrients. They also create an alkaline environment in the body, this prevents free radicals and disease from surfacing. Raisins, my dried fruit of choice for this recipe, are widely underestimated for their benefits, they are in fact a rich source of immune boosting antioxidants and promote the efficient absorption of vitamins, proteins and other nutrients in the body. They provide a good level of instant-energy fructose which is balanced by the protein from the nuts to release slowly into the blood stream, meaning your energy is sustained for far longer.
To create the sherbet and lemon flavour I have used lemon juice and the superfood powder, baobab. Aduna’s baobab, is one of my favourite superfood supplements, it contains an abundance of vitamin C and malic acid which has powerful energising properties, as well as helping to boost your immune system. Baobab powder also helps to promote a healthy nerve and digestive system and optimises Iron uptake. This is particularly beneficial for those with a primarily plant based diet.
These bars are the perfect way to ensure you always have something healthy on hand, and don’t break any of your New Years resolutions!
Makes up to 12 bars:
1 cup cashew nuts
1 cup mixed brazil nuts and almonds
1 cup of medjool dates, raisins or cranberries
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp Aduna boabab
Method: start by grinding the nuts in the blender. Add all other ingredients and pulse until the mixture is smooth and forms a fudge like dough in the blender. Remove and shape into energy bars or balls.