Rockin’ Raw Chia Seed Bars

You guys, I am excited about these bars. Like really excited.

I’ve made them twice now, and they are serious business. As in a snack that doesn’t quit. You know how sometimes you grab a snack, and it’s healthy and balanced, and no doubt it will keep you full until your next meal rolls around. And then you are hungry…like ridiculously hungry 15 minutes later. Not with these chia bars.

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The other day I ate one around 11am, planning to have lunch around 12:30pm, and I didn’t end up being able to eat until 2pm and I did not even notice. Yeah. It was like that. These raw chia bars are like an incredible protein packed bar, that you can make in 5 minutes at home. You’d pay $3 for one of these in a health food store. I suggested you head to the kitchen and make a batch right now.

Rockin’ Raw Chia Seed Bars

2/3 c chia seeds
2/3 c pumpkin seeds, raw
1 scoop protein powder, vanilla (I used pea protein, and also hemp both were good)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c ground flax seed
2 Tbsp raw creamy almond butter
2 Tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c almond milk, unsweetened
1/3 c dried bing cherries
1 T. raw honey (optional…if you’d like them a little sweeter)

Combine the chia, pumpkin seeds, protein powder, cinnamon, ground flax, and dried cherries in a medium bowl. Stir together.

Add the almond butter, applesauce, vanilla, and honey if using. Mix until combined; your mixture will be very lumpy. Then add the almond milk and stir until incorporated.

Line a 8×8 baking dish with wax or parchment paper. Press your chia bar dough into the bottom of the pan making sure it is evenly spread so the thickness of your bars is uniform.

Put the pan in the refrigerator for several hours until firm. Then lift the paper out of the baking dish onto a cutting board, and using a large knife cut the chia bars into 12 squares.

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Store in the refrigerator for a grab and go, filling, nutritious snack!

**Tip for chia newbies: If you haven’t eaten chia seeds at all or much before, they do have a “different” texture, so if something seems off, it may just be that. And of course these are raw bars, so they may just take a little getting used to…but they are so worth it.

And in case you are curious, (I was), these raw chia bars clock in nutritionally @ 180 calories, 12g fat, 11g protein, and just 3g of sugar per bar. Yeah, awesome…like I said.

If you try them let me know what you thought!

What snack keeps you going until the next meal without mindless noshing?

Enjoy!

~ Liesl

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