Raw Superfood Seed Bars
Who doesn’t like breakfast in bed?
I am waking up in the city of Boston today, it is spring but just a bit chilly, and while I love the sound of room service, tea, and a copy of the NYT, I will take the other two but keep the raw superfood breakfast that’s in my bowl.
One of the things about traveling while vegan & gluten-free that can be challenging is access to good, nutrient-dense meals. So, all the way at home on the west coast I whipped up something easy, simplistic, and travel friendly that would provide me just that.
Having no nuts and no-nonsense, these energy bars are raw & protein-packed. They can be eaten whichever way you see fit. This seed butter chocolatey goodness deserves at the very least to be enjoyed in the way you like best. They are easy to toss in a tight seal bag for travel and can be enjoyed on the road so you won’t be hungry wherever your adventures take you.
Raw Superfood Seed Bars
1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1 Cup Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup of Hemp Seeds
½ Cup of Raisins
½ Cup of Sunflower Seed Butter
2 Tbs of Agave or Maple Syrup (Optional)
1 Tbs of Chia Seeds
1 Tbs of Flax Seeds
1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp of Cinnamon (Optional)
¼-½ Cup of Chocolate Chips (Optional)
In a food processor, place all of your ingredients, except the chocolate but if including just use a ¼ Cup.
Pulse for 2-3 minutes, or until your seeds have been fully combined with the other ingredients and the mixture is firm and holds together well.
Place your bar mixture in a parchment-lined eight-inch glass baking dish or any 8 x 8 baking pan and press it down with your hands to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Taking your chocolate chips, melt it, then drizzle it all evenly on top of your bars.
Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to overnight for best results, and enjoy as an energy bar or as raw granola.
* I make these and leave them in the fridge for up to 24 hours. That may seem like a long time but it makes the best bars so the wait is worth it.
** For chewier bars add an additional ½ Cup of Sunflower Seed Butter, and make sure to let them sit in the fridge for an additional day or two.
*** If you have any other ingredients that you enjoy in energy bars, add them but just increase your Sunflower Seed Butter by ¼ Cup for every ½ Cup added of a dry ingredient.