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Energy Bars


First Posted: 10/27/2011 4:55 pm Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Energy Bars

Energy Bars
New Media Publishing / Photography: Flat Art Studios.com / Stylist: Abigail Donnelly
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total prep 173 calories/serving
By Kate Slate
Carbohydrates and fat are both good sources of energy. Luckily these fruit-filled energy bars have the "good" sort of fat and carbs. The chickpeas provide carbohydrates that are high in fiber, protein, and folate; and the fat comes mostly from heart-healthy olive oil, almonds, and sesame seeds. The dried apples also contribute healthful soluble fiber. Each bar has a little over 190 calories, 7 grams of protein and almost 4 grams of fiber. You can eat the bars straight from frozen (not as crazy as it sounds) or reheat in a microwave (15 to 20 seconds) or in a toaster oven.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds (3 ounces)
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces). chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped dried apples (3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Generously grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • In a food processor, very finely grind the almonds. Add the chickpeas, water, whole eggs, egg whites, honey, oil, dry milk, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Process until smooth. Pulse in the raisins and apples.
  • Scrape the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it.
  • Cool completely in the pan on a rack, then cut into 12 bars. Carefully lift the bars from the pan (they will be crumbly) and arrange on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer until frozen solid, then store in zip-seal bags.

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