Portable snacks are absolutely necessary when you are cleansing and eating raw vegan. You can have apple slices, a mix of raw cashew and raw almonds, or celery sticks, but they can require large containers. Convenience is often key when it comes to snacking. A grab-and-go raw vegan snack that is both tasty and filling can be hard to come by in the store, so you have to make it yourself.
These raw vegan bars are the perfect fuel before a workout or an energy source to get you out of an afternoon slump. They contain superfood ingredients like walnuts and chia seeds, both of which are naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. The bars could not come together without dates, as they help bind all of the ingredients. Dates provide natural sweetness, in addition to potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Similar to walnuts, pumpkin seeds offer lots of magnesium, but they also exhibit high levels of zinc. Not only is zinc aid with optimal immune function, but it also helps to accelerate the metabolism.
The great thing about these energy bars is that they are incredibly easy to make. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, give them a whirl, and that’s pretty much it. The only thing left to do is press the mixture into an even layer on a baking sheet that you line with parchment paper. That is an important step, as you want to avoid sticking. Place the sheet of bars in the fridge for a few hours until firm. Remove from the fridge, cut into bars, and then wrap them in parchment paper for storage in an airtight container.
- Prep Time:15m
- Total Time:15m
- 1 1/2 c raw walnuts
- 1 c raw almonds
- 1 c dates, pitted
- 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- 1 c dried cherries (no sulfur or added sugars)
- 1/4 c filtered water
- 2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- Add the walnuts and almonds to the food processor and blend until you get a crumbly consistency. It should hold together if you press the mixture.
- Add the dates and pulse until they are finely chopped and incorporated into the almond/walnut mixture.
- Once everything is finely chopped, add the remaining ingredients to the processor and blend until you achieve a dough-like mixture. You may need to stop blending, scrape down the sides, and continue blending to ensure everything is thoroughly blended.
- Line a baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into a flat sheet. The bars can be as thick or thin as you like.
- Place the sheet of bars in the fridge for a few hours until firm. You can also freeze them so they can set faster.
- Remove from the fridge or freezer, cut into bars, and then wrap the bars in parchment paper. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few weeks.