Festival Do's: The ULTIMATE Raw Energy Bars

These are seriously my favorite festival snack of all time. I make them every chance I get. They are raw, packed with superfoods and protein, and are the perfect snack to help you make it through the day. Not to mention, they might just be the most delicious energy bar you've ever had. It's hard to stop at one.

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These amazing superfood bars are packed with all the goods: chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, coconut, walnuts... and feel free to add some of your own favorite superfoods to the mix. Try to buy organic as much as possible!

 Walnuts are extremely high in Omega-3's which is great for brain health while indulging in a weekend of partying. In 1/4 cup you can reach 113% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3's. In this batch, I chose to mix in some almonds and cashews, but I think I like the original version (walnuts only) a little bit better. Experiment with whatever you like!

Walnuts are extremely high in Omega-3's which is great for brain health while indulging in a weekend of partying. In 1/4 cup you can reach 113% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3's. In this batch, I chose to mix in some almonds and cashews, but I think I like the original version (walnuts only) a little bit better. Experiment with whatever you like!

 Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, which is very important for proper muscle and nerve function. And let's face it, our muscles and nerves do some serious work while dancing and running around for hours on end. Plus, they are delicious. I tried using salted instead of raw in this recipe (yes, I was in an experimental mood this day), but again, the original recipe is better. I suggest unsalted.

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, which is very important for proper muscle and nerve function. And let's face it, our muscles and nerves do some serious work while dancing and running around for hours on end. Plus, they are delicious. I tried using salted instead of raw in this recipe (yes, I was in an experimental mood this day), but again, the original recipe is better. I suggest unsalted.

 Hemp seeds are the perfect superfood. They have an extremely concentrated blend of protein, healthy fats (Omega 3's and 6's), vitamins, and enzymes. They also contain all 20 known amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids. Yussss, get in my body!

Hemp seeds are the perfect superfood. They have an extremely concentrated blend of protein, healthy fats (Omega 3's and 6's), vitamins, and enzymes. They also contain all 20 known amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids. Yussss, get in my body!

 Goji berries are one of my all time favorite snacks. A single 4 oz serving contains about 10% of your daily protein needs, which is considerably high for a fruit. They also provide complex carbohydrates, helping your blood sugar to rise slowly, reducing your risk for a sugar crash.

Goji berries are one of my all time favorite snacks. A single 4 oz serving contains about 10% of your daily protein needs, which is considerably high for a fruit. They also provide complex carbohydrates, helping your blood sugar to rise slowly, reducing your risk for a sugar crash.

 Both chia seeds and flax seeds are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They will help keep the digestive juices flowing while your body extracts all of the beneficial proteins that the other ingredients provide. Coconut flakes are just plain delicious.

Both chia seeds and flax seeds are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They will help keep the digestive juices flowing while your body extracts all of the beneficial proteins that the other ingredients provide. Coconut flakes are just plain delicious.

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup cranberries or dried cherries
1/4 cup goji berries
1 cup dates
1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, if needed

Step 1:

Throw all dry ingredients into a food processor or blender, leaving the dates and cranberries (or raisons/cherries) out. I like to bend until everything is fairly smooth but with a little texture. 

Step 2:

Add the dates, cranberries, and goji berries to your food processor and blend until you get a nice sticky texture. You will likely need to add some melted coconut oil to the mix. Add as much as necessary.

Step 3:

Pack the mixture into a dish lined with wax paper. Really pack this mixture nice and tight to prevent it from crumpling in the heat. Place the mixture in the fridge and let it harden and settle. If you're happy with the bars plain, great! If you'd like to add some delicious raw chocolate, to make them extra delectable, follow the next few steps.

Raw Chocolate

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut nectar or date paste
3/4 cup cacao powder or carob powder
1/3 cup coconut oil or cacao butter, melted

Melt the coconut oil in a small pot and then add the coconut nectar and cacao powder. Whisk them in and then allow the mixture to get slightly thick. You don't want it too thick, or it will be difficult to spread (which happened to me this time, as you can clearly see in the photos. Whoops.)

Once the chocolate is melted, spread it across the top of the cold energy bar mixture. I would give the energy bars a good 30-45 minutes in the fridge before adding the chocolate. Sprinkle some goji berries on top and voila!

Place the bars back in the fridge until they are nice and hard. When packing them for your festival adventure, cut the bars into squares and place them in a deep tupperware container separated by wax paper. Store them in the cooler, or else they will melt and crumble everywhere. Although, they are delicious eaten with a spoon too ;)

Comment below if you decide to give it a whirl, I would love to hear from you! Oh, and these bars are an excellent way to make friends with your camp neighbors. They will love you for it!