Make your own energy bars

July 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Looking for something that is good for your pocketbook, your health and the environment? Learn how to make your own energy bars at home! Professional triathlete and author of "The Thrive Diet," Brendan Brazier, shares one of his energy bar recipes.

Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bars

  • 1 cup fresh or soaked dried dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted carob powder (or cacao to make 100% raw)**
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed**
  • 1/4 cup hemp protein**
  • 1/4 cup unhulled sesame seeds**
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

**For an easier recipe, replace these ingredients with 1 cup Chocolate flavor Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer.

In a food processor, process all ingredients except frozen blueberries. Remove mixture from processor and put on a clean surface. Lay frozen blueberries on surface and knead mixture into blueberries. Flatten mixture on the clean surface with your hands. Place plastic wrap over top; with a rolling pin, roll mixture to desired bar thickness. Cut mixture into bars. Alternatively, form mixture into a brick; cut as though slicing bread. As the bars dry, they become easier to handle. For added convenience, make extra batches and store in freezer for future snacks.

For more information, visit www.brendanbrazier.com.

About Brendan Brazier
Brendan Brazier is one of only a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100 percent plant-based. He's a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author on performance nutrition, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.

Brendan's professional athletic career began in 1998. Over the course of only a few years, his performance quickly climbed, improving each year in Ironman triathlon racing. At Ironman Canada, in 1999 he finished 21st, the following year he placed 14th, then 11th, followed up by an 8th place finish in 2002 in Ironman Utah. In 2003 and 2006 Brendan won the National 50km Ultra Marathon Championships. Other results include 3rd place at the National Long-Course Triathlon Championships and both 3rd and 2nd in consecutive years in the Royal Victoria Marathon.


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