Carrot Cake Energy Bars

IMG-20140124-00841_1390686269898_n In college I got turned onto Luna Bars.  After going off sugar and soy I moved on to Larabars.  When I moved to back to St Lucia I would order them online or buy them at $7 each.  The health food store closed down and I can’t afford to order any right now.  I have been seeing a lot of recipes all over pinterest using dates.  I think dates are too sweet and they area also difficult to get here in St Lucia.

I have been really needing something with a little boost I can eat before yoga class.  I am often starving by the end of class. Especially on Thursdays when I run before class.  I thought about it long about it long and hard and decided prunes would be a good replacement for dates.

I searched online and I found a few recipes using prunes like this one here and here.  I decided that I wanted to make two flavors: carrot cake and chocolate coconut. 

I only made carrot cake this time around.  I had to resist the urge to add coconut because I know not everyone likes coconut.  I ended up with a really delicious product.  It tastes great straight out of the freezer.  It gets a little mushy when I travel with it but I don’t think that will be a problem for my friends enjoying winter weather right now. 

I did cost calculation and it comes to $2.50 a bar which is pretty awesome.  I have been enjoying these as dessert and I am afraid I may not have any left for Thursday when I really need them.  My brother loved it as did my cousin.  I am not sure it tastes like carrot cake but it feels like I’m eating carrot cake super yummy goodness.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Note: I made mine in batches in the food processor then mixed it all together in a large bowl because my food processor is very small.  Feel free to make similar adjustments as needed.

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashewsIMG1390625122127
1 cup prunes
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp ground flax seed

Directions

  1. Place nuts in food processor, process and set aside. 
  2. Place prunes and raisins in food processor, process until a paste is formed.
  3. Add nuts, nutmeg and flax.
  4. Process until well mixed and a doughy ball is formed.
  5. Place the dough in a large bowl and fold in grated carrots.
  6. Line a tray with parchment or wax paper.
  7. Place mixture in the parchment lined tray and use a spoon to spread it into one smooth layer. IMG-20140124-00826_1390685472873_n IMG-20140124-00830_1390601714893_n
  8. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least one hour.
  9. Remove from fridge, use a sharp knife to cut into bars. IMG-20140124-00833_1390685795053_n
  10. Individually wrap the bars in foil or wax paper.IMG-20140124-00847_1390686840425_n
  11. Place in the fridge or freezer.
  12. Unwrap and enjoy!

IMG-20140124-00848_1390686582385_n   What is your go to pre-workout snack?

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