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

Ingredients

  • 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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