Nutrition

Healthy Snack Bars: Spice Acai Energy Bars

Make these natural bars to keep on hand for an anytime pick-me-up or pre-workout aid

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When Julie Morris, author of three cookbooks on superfoods and executive chef for superfoods company Navitas Naturals, needs a little energy boost she reaches for one of these delicious spiced acai energy bars. “Acai is a known energy food,” she explains. This purple berry, originally grown in the Amazon, has been shown to support circulation and provide long-lasting vigor thanks to its high levels of vitamins and antioxidants. Combined with invigorating spices, protein-rich almonds, and natural sugars, it’s a great on-the-go snack that’s perfect before you hit the gym or for fighting off midday munchies. “I often double the recipe, freeze the excess for future use, and grab one as needed when running out the door!” says Morris.  

Spiced Acai Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ¾ cup (about 11–12 large) pitted Medjool dates  
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • 3 tbsp acai powder, such as Navitas Naturals
  • 2 tbsp black raisins
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt (optional)

Directions

1.  Mix all of the ingredients together in a food processor just until a sticky dough has formed (allow some almonds to remain coarsely chopped).

2.  Spread a sheet of plastic wrap on a cutting board and place the dough on top. Using your hands, press and form a 1-inch-thick rectangle. Wrap and put in the freezer for 30 minutes, then cut into rectangles. 

3.  Serve cold or at room temperature. Makes 10 bars.

Per Serving

 Calories: 169

 Fat: 6g

 Saturated Fat: 0.4g

 Carbs: 30g

 Fiber: 4g

 Protein: 3g

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