Looking for some energy bars that taste great and are healthy? Well, these bars do just that! They are made with chia, pumpkin, and flax; which are loaded with lots of great nutrition, therefore, fueling your body for your next workout. I even like to eat them in the morning with a hot cup of Yerba Mate. Yum! Great way to start my day! They also make for a great snack. I used pure grade B maple syrup for my sweetener as I think pumpkin and maple syrup go so well together. These bars were dehydrated until the top was crunchy, but the inside chewy. If you like a harder bar, you can dehydrate them longer. I'm sure these would work in a warm oven, with the door left ajar, but I have not tried them that way. So, however you decide to make them, they are sure to be yummy!
Pumpkin Energy Bars: 9 bars
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1T coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup chia gel or (2t chia seeds mixed with 1/4 cup water. Let sit 10-15 minutes).
Mix all wet ingredients in mixing bowl. Add in your dry ingredients.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed (I used golden flax seed)
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
1/2 t vanilla (I used powder, so if you use extract put in with wet ingredients)
3/4t pumpkin spice
1/2t sea salt
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Then add:
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Mix in until blended. In a parchment lined pan (8x8 or a little larger) add dough and shape. Lift the dough with the parchment paper and set on mesh dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate one hour at 145 degrees. I usually take my bars out at this time and score them into bars. Place back in dehydrator at 115 degrees for 8-10 more hours until top is somewhat crunchy but the inside chewy. You can remove the parchment paper after a few hours and leave bars directly on mesh sheet. Store in a covered container. I usually keep these on my counter in a glass jar. Enjoy!