Easy Low-Bake Carrot Cake Chewy Chia Seed Energy Bars Recipe

Chia Seed Energy Bars Recipe 1Last night I was surfing the web hoping to find some easy recipes for chia seed energy bars.

I came across countless recipes but none of them really appealed to me because one of three reasons:

  • The recipes required too many ingredients
  • The recipes were too high in fat because they used a nut butter
  • The recipes included the addition of sugars which (in my opinion) defeated the purpose!

The whole point of my search was to find something easy!

So, unable to find a chia seed energy bar recipe that actually looked doable, I decided to come up with my own:)

This recipe came to me in a flash of inspiration when I was feeling low on energy as well as craving one of my favorite desserts…carrot cake!

The recipe takes about 15 minutes to mix up and about 2 hours of baking/dehydrating (yeah, I know that’s a lot, but it’s so worth it and makes the bars last longer as compared to when I did a raw version), and isn’t overly sweet (which is a huge plus to me).

The only tools you need are a glass bowl, a rubber spatula, a box grater, and a high-powered blender.

Chia Seed Energy Bars Recipe 2Easy Low-Bake Carrot Cake Chia Seed Energy Bars Recipe


  • 2 apples, grated
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/4 C. Quaker Oatmeal, Quick Oats, (pulsed in blender to become oat flour)
  • 1/2 C. Raisins (or golden raisins)
  • 1/4 C. Raw Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. Walnuts, fine chopped
  • 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)

Chia Seed Energy Bars Recipe 3Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 °F (which is 121 °C )
  2. Put 1 C. of water into a small sauce pan, add the pure vanilla extract, and bring the water to a boil
  3. Once water is boiling, add raisins, cover and remove from heat
  4. Place oats in blender and blend until it’s a flour consistency
  5. Grate apples and carrots on a box grater, take half the mixture and put into blender and blend until a chunky applesauce consistency
  6. Add oat flour + blended mixture of apples and carrot to glass bowl
  7. Drain raisins and add to blender, add raw almonds, and 2 Tbsp. water from raisins
  8. Blend well until a thick paste like consistency is formed
  9. Add this to the bowl of at flour
  10. Add the chia seeds
  11. Blend all ingredients together until a slightly watery dough-like consistency is formed
  12. Spread mixture in a thick even layer in a shallow baking dish
  13. Place basking dish in preheated oven and allow the bars to bake for 2 hours
  14. Remove after 2 hours, allow to cool uncovered
  15. Cut into 4-5 long squares and enjoy!

This healthy indulgent recipe is perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up!  Enjoy with steaming cup of green tea in order to make the effects of the energy and fullness last longer!

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Winter Revive Facial Oil

Winter Revive Facial OilUhhh…the cold harsh winter weather in the northeast can be brutal to sensitive skin.

This fabulous oil is perfect for my dry, acne-prone skin!

Please note, I mix this as needed using a pipette.  It only takes about 3 minutes to do when you jump out of the shower or immediately after you wash your face.

I use this every morning as a moisturizer and allow it at least 30 minutes to soak in prior to applying any makeup.

Here’s the recipe:

Winter Revive Facial Oil


1. In warm clean hands, use a dropper and add drops of each oil into your hands and rub together in your palms

2. Apply generously to a freshly cleaned face, neck, knees and elbows.

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Spicy Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

Spicy Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

Urban Health Goddess Tip: This is a versatile sauce that can be used as a dressing, marinade, or sauce!

Oh the joys of cooking!

I’m learning to really get back into the kitchen and let my creative juices flow.

With my new health initiative for the year, I’m really focusing on creating versatile, tasty, and healthy recipes.

My newest creation is a fantastic sauce/dressing/marinade I made to use in a Doritos Nacho Cheese Casserole I made (yes, I know Doritos aren’t healthy, but this recipe lets you get the taste of Doritos without the guilt).

Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Spicy Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

  • 1 16oz. Sour Cream (I used Kraft)
  • 1 jar Jalapenos, drained (I used Great Value aka a generic brand)
  • 1 Avocado  (slightly overripe)
  • 1 8oz. block Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 clove garlic


Place all ingredients in a high-powered blend (at least 1000 watts) and blend until the mixture is smooth.

Trust me, it will have a kick!

Refrigerate it and then use it as a sauce, marinade, or dressing.

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Best Basic Videos into Crochet Braiding!

Ok, I’m completely clueless about how to do my hair.

With that being said, I have been a YouTube fanatic in my quest to learn as much as possible about protective styles for hair growth.

These are my top video picks that I just found:

This is a great video which first and foremost defines what crochet braiding is and talks about the benefits.

Awesome video, once again from tastePINK 🙂 and her awesome routine on how to care for your scalp and the synthetic hair.

And finally her nighttime routine

AFRICANEXPORT was another YouTuber with awesome videos.  She has nearly 1,000 videos so I’m definitely looking forward to learning.

I hope this helps and get some of my other new healthy hair journey ladies on track!

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Braid Removal Experience: The Anger, Anxiety & Resolution

Close-up of my scalp & hairHappy New Year!

It’s officially 2014 and time for things to change.

For me that means embracing all that I am and where I’m at.

Taking an honest assessment of what has worked and what hasn’t, and then deciding upon a plan of action and moving forward.

My journey into conscious natural hair health and growth began with me removing my tree braids yesterday.  I started early in the afternoon, around 3:30p.m. and wasn’t completely finished and ready for bed until around 12:30a.m. this morning.

I know what you’re thinking, 9 hours is alot of time!

And you are totally correct.  However, in that 9 hours I took my time and finger detangled most of my hair and used the rat tail comb only minimally.  I took the time to apply the Braid Removal Strengthening Conditioner on as I removed each section.

To make the time go faster, admittedly I watched about 70 YouTube videos from other African-American women who have grown extraordinarily long hair over the years and were sharing their knowledge.

It was encouraging to say the least!

Alas I must admit once I finished removing all the braids, and conditioning I rinsed my hair in cool water and the amount of shedding was RIDICULOUS!

I had to keep reminding myself that my scalp hadn’t had a chance to shed in 4 months so the clumps of hair that were coming out was to be expected.

Close-up of scalp & hair 2After I finished rinsing my hair and gently pulling out clumps as I went, I applied the second conditioner —my Post-Braid Hair Repair Pre Poo Smoothie— and made sure my scalp, roots, strands, and ends were very well covered with the mixture.

To be honest I realized that the apple cider vinegar starts to bother my hands after about 10 minutes of applying the hair smoothie.  I had to stop and rinse my hands at least twice while I applied the mixture to my hair.  Please let me make this clear, the apple cider vinegar doesn’t bother my scalp, but it does bother the back of my hands and knuckles after about 10 minutes.  Be aware of that if you decide to use this recipe.

After applying the Pre Poo Smoothie, I covered my hair in a plastic cap, then my satin bonnet, then a pair of stocking tied at the ends to ensure everything stayed in place.

Then I went to bed.

Honestly, my head didn’t get overly hot or anything, however around 5 a.m. I got up to rinse the smoothies out because the stockings were giving me a headache from being on my head for so long.

While I was rinsing my hair, I still noticed a RIDICULOUS amount of hair coming out, but the texture was fabulous and I didn’t shampoo my hair afterwards.  At this point, your hair and scalp are clean due to the ingredients in the Pre Poo Smoothie.

I would personally advise against shampooing because it will strip your already dry hair of the moisture it has just obtained.

Next I gently squeezed out my hair and towel dried it.  I proceeded to liberally apply leave-in conditioner spray.  I wasn’t thrilled with the brand I had because it had a lot of synthetic ingredients, so I will definitely  be getting an all-natural detangling leave-in moisturizer next time.

Close-up of scalp & hair 3When I looked in the mirror I was angry, awed, surprised, and completely overwhelmed all at the same time!  Now  my hair was barely shoulder length at this point but I had NO IDEA how to deal with the texture.

That’s why I was angry.

At 29 years old, I’m completely ignorant and unaware of how to deal with something that has been a part of me since I was born!  I proceeded to section off my hair and try to do twists so it could air dry.  That was an anxious and awe-inspiring experience.  I have never touched my hair that much in my life!  In order to get through that process with a modicum of success, I found myself praying more than once for God to let me love what I have, learn, understand, and appreciate my hair texture, then asked for Him to help me figure out how to make it grow!

One product I had which I used on the damp hair was Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) in order to seal the ends and just make the whole process a bit more manageable.  My hair absolutely LOVED the product!  It seemed to lay and behave and make the prettiest coils as I was doing finger twists.  Therefore that will definitely be a product that will be part of my hair care arsenal at this point.

The last thing I decided was to resolve to stick to this conscious healthy hair growth journey and not feel overwhelmed.

Check out my pics and comment on your post-braid experiences.

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