Homemade Energy Bars

  Today’s recipe is one of my Mr.’s.  With all the perusing of low carb recipe sites we were doing towards the end of my pregnancy with R, we came across lots of homemade versions of energy bars.  The store bought ones are a bit of a vice of ours (they tend to have lots of sugar and other junk you don’t really want), so my Mr. developed his own version.  He started with this and this recipe and went from there.
  Be warned, these are addictive!
  Here’s what you need:
2 dozen dried dates, pitted
 1 Tbsp coconut oil 
1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup shredded or grated coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup almonds (Unsalted – raw, blanched or roasted)
1/2 cup other nuts or seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, walnut, pecan)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened peanut butter 
  Run dates, chia seeds and coconut oil through food processor until the mixture is a cohesive and paste-like.  
Add coconut and pulse until mixed.
Add nuts and seeds, pulse until mixed and nuts are desired size 
  Heat the oil, honey and cocoa powder until gently bubbling, then cook for 1 minute continuously folding the mixture into itself. Add the peanut butter and stir until melted.  Add to processor and pulse until mixed.
  Press into a rectangular pan or individual cups in a muffin pan (I like the silicon muffin pans) and refrigerate until set up.
  These are so ridiculously good.  They’re a fabulous cookie substitute for kids (or adults) and thanks to the nuts, peanut butter and chia seeds, have a ton of protein.  If you’re not a fan of seeds, you may want to leave the chia out, since they give these an almost fig-like texture, but try them!

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