The Ultimate Energy Bar Formula

  • 1-pound can of beans, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked beans)
    • White beans
    • Black beans
    • Pinto beans
    • Chickpeas
    • Adzuki beans
  • ½ cup binder
    • Almond butter
    • ¼ cup of ground flax seed mixed with ¼ cup water
    • Pureed pumpkin
    • Mashed avocado
  • ¼ cup sweetener
    • Maple syrup
    • Brown rice syrup
    • Agave nectar
    • Honey
  • ¼ cup soft sweet fruit
    • Applesauce
    • Mashed banana
    • Chopped dates
    • Crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon of extract (optional)
    • Vanilla
    • Almond
    • Lemon
    • Coconut
    • Coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of dry spice (optional)
    • Cinnamon
    • Ginger
    • Nutmeg
    • Cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • 1 cup dry base ingredient
    • Brown rice flour
    • Spelt flour
    • Cocoa (max ½ cup)
    • Whole-wheat flour
    • Buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup stir-ins
    • Shredded coconut
    • Dried cranberries
    • Raisins
    • Dried Apricots
    • Chopped nuts
    • Cacao nibs
    • Dry cereal
    • Crushed pretzels
    • Chocolate chips

In a food processor, combine beans, binder, sweetener, soft fruit, extract, spice, and salt until smooth.  Add the oats and dry base ingredients and pulse just to combine.  Add stir-ins and pulse again just to combine.  If the consistency seems spreadable, you’re good.  If it’s too dry, add 1/4 cup of water; if it’s too runny, add an additional 1/4 cup of the dry base ingredient.

Grease 13×9 pan with baking spray or rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread mixture into pan.

Bake at 175 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

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