Every girl has that one item in their bag they can’t possibly survive a day without – especially during fashion week. For some it’s mascara, lip gloss or shine control powder. But for fit-girls like me, it’s a healthy snack, wrapped discreetly – and stylishly I might add – in brown parchment paper.Green Fig & Vanilla Energy Bars have become a serious staple for my on-the-go lifestyle – fashion week or not. My friend, Shatki Grace, who runs TheHolisticChef.com sent me the recipe along with a care package of goodies after we became fit-friends-for-life following numerous Instagram likes and email exchanges. Shatki’s bars are packed with essential vitamins and include her Superfood Blend powder, which I use in my smoothies!They are easy to make and super yummy. But remember- while they provide a ton of amazing nutrients, they are not low cal so only one a day - even though you will def want to eat more! Will you make some of your own?
GREEN FIG & VANILLA ENERGY BARS
Yield: 8 x 8 inch tin – 16 bars
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of Shakti’s Superfood Blend
1 cup almonds
1 cup desiccated coconut
¾ cup cashews
1 cup oats
¼ cup chia seeds
2 decent pinches of Himalayan rock salt
10 soft medjool dates, pitted
10 soft and fat dried figs, stalks removed
1 tablespoon vanilla paste or powder
2 tablespoons mesquite powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup coconut butter
3 tablespoons coconut flower nectar
1. Blitz the almonds, coconut, cashews and a pinch of salt in a food processor until nuts have broken down – should resemble granola in texture – don’t overblend.
2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Mix in the Shakti’s Superfood Blend, oats, and chia seeds.
3 To make the fig and vanilla caramel,add dates, chopped figs, vanilla, mesquite powder, coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut flower nectar and another pinch of salt to the food processor. Blitz until ingredients have blended and formed into thick dough.
4. Add dough to the mixing bowl. Fold all ingredients together until well combined. If your mixture feels a little dry, add a dash more coconut oil.
5. Line an 8x8-inch baking tin with baking powder and press the mixture firmly inside – use the back of a spoon to flatten out the surface.
6. Pop in the freezer to harden – this should take between half an hour to an hour.Once the mixture is firm, divide into16 equal sized bars – you can use a knife or even a pizza cutter. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or wrap individually to quickly grab on the go!