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Author Notes: I often find that store-bought protein/granola bars are loaded with sugar and other unsavories--not to mention their pricetag. This homemade version combines a variety of superfoods--from nuts and oils to fresh produce--that is satisfying after an intense workout or simply as a healthy alternative to a grab-and-go snack. —Jennifer Kurdyla
Makes 14 bars
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup dry unsweetened coconut
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 cup dry pitted dates, chopped
- 1/2 apple
- 4 kale leaves, stems discarded
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- Soak almonds in water overnight, or at least 6 hours, in the refrigerator.
- Add strained almonds to the bowl of a high-power food processor or blender. Blend on high until just nearly the consistency of almond butter, at least 10 minutes.
- Add dates and 1/2 of the water, blend until smooth.
- Gradually add the remaining ingredients, adding water as necessary to keep the mixture moving and scraping down the bowl as you go. The consistency should be sticky and thick but malleable.
- Press the mixture into a small baking dish. Cover with saran wrap, and place in the freezer until firm. Cut into bars, and keep refrigerated in a sealed container.