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Dark Chocolate Energy Bars

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This past weekend we had a really fun event at Lululemon in Greenwich, CT in collaboration with Countdown Fitness.  The team at Countdown Fitness is awesome, and the ideology behind it is really fascinating.  I started training with them about 5 weeks ago, and I really feel great and am already seeing more muscle definition.

Our event was a way to marry fitness with healthy eating. It is so important to eat well while you exercise or you will never see results.  If you eat cheeseburgers and pizza every day, you may still get stronger, but you won’t see yourself getting into shape. And let’s be honest, a big part of working out is to look good (and feel good of course)!!

As I have learned from years in sales, having food at any event is a great way to get attention.  Everyone always wants a free sample so I made these tasty dark chocolate energy bars as a special treat.  They can easily be made gluten free, but these are not.

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What you need for these energy bars:

  • ⅔ cup prunes
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup coconut flakes
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup large flake oats
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts (optional)
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Pre-heat your oven to 350F.

Put your prunes and water in a small pot and let it come to a boil.  Once boiling, remove them from the heat and let them sit for 10min.

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Toast your coconut and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) in a dry pan over medium heat until starting to brown.

Put all of your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together including the chocolate, coconut, and nuts. Mix in your smashed banana and the syrup next.

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Using a blender, hand blender, or food processor blend up your water and prunes to make a paste. Add it to the mixture and use your hands to mix it all together.

Spread it across a sheet pan and make sure they are nicely packed down. Bake in the oven  for 25-30min.

Cut them immediately, but let them cook before you eat them.

Feel free to add in more chocolate or dried fruit to your liking, but as they are, these are nice and tasty.

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