Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, protein and minerals these bars are perfect to help recover the body either due to muscles soreness from exercise, feeling inflamed in any way or just to help ground down when we feel in an agitated state.
I enjoy these just as they are, along side a soothing cup of tea, an elixir or even indulgently garnished on top of a smoothie bowl post workout. The taste is quite unique with the cumin, turmeric and dulse. Not only does this combination of flavours surprise your palette in the best way, the chosen ingredients are really very healing.
There is a step process to this. First you want to process or blend all of the wet ingredients and set aside. Next, combine all of the dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Add in the wet mixture and mix thoroughly. Then fold in the chia seeds and chopped pumpkin seeds evenly so that there is a bit of a crunch to the texture.
From here you can either flatten out in a pan lined with parchment paper (this helps with removing and less clean up) and place in freezer for a few hours to then cut into bars or roll into balls and freeze those. You can roll the balls in more chia seeds or any other garnish you like.
If you have a dehydrator , you can place the bars once removed and cut from the freezer in your dehydrator at 110°C to 115°C over night.
Give your mind and body the proper nourishment it deserves. Have fun making these bad boys and enjoy them when you want, when ever you want.
Life should be delicious xo
1 cup dates
1 inch fresh ginger
1 tbsp nut or seed butter of choice
1 tbsp dulse
1 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds + 3 tbsp chopped reserved for folding into mixture
1/4 hemp seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder OR small piece fresh turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maca
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
3 tbsp chopped pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
-Place all ingredients into a food processor or highspeed blender and blend until a paste has formed. Remove from processor or blender into a large mixing bowl.
-Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse together until well incorporated. You want the mixture to be a fine powder (a few chunks are fine) but be careful not to over process so that the mixture doesn’t turn into a nut butter.
-Remove mixture from food processor and add to the date paste in the large mixing bowl. Mix together everything is well incorporated.
Roughly chop the remaining 3 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds and add to the mixture along with the 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Mix until well distributed.
You can either form the mixture with your hands into bite size energy bars OR line a medium sized glass baking dish (or tupperware container) with parchment paper and press the mixture in and spread until smooth. Let the mixture sit in the freezer for approx 1 hour. Remove from freezer and cut into desired size of energy bar.
** These are best kept stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or can be kept frozen.
WHY THESE INGREDIENTS?
Dulse - Is naturally high in iodine and iron among many other essential vitamins and minerals. Helps maintain healthy thyroid function and thus healthy hormone regulation and balance. Is known for building strong bones, promotes good vision, boosts immune system, aids antioxidant support, circulation and much more.
Hemp - Great source of easily digested and absorbed plant protein. High in magnesium which administers the release of serotonin which turns into melatonin and thus helps induce better sleep. High in GLA (gamma linoleic acid) which acts as a hormone regulator for the thyroid and pancreas, this has been known to help reduce symptoms of hormone imbalance such as menopausal symptoms, mood swings, depression and anxiety.
Maca - Hormone balancer and adaptogenic. Has been known to increase energy due to it’s hormone balancing effects and reduce anxiety.
Pumpkin Seeds - High in B vitamins, copper, zinc, vit A an many more essential minerals and vitamins. Is known for anti parasitic properties and cleansing effects on the kidneys with a diuretic quality. High in magnesium and tryptophan, helps aid insomnia and anxiety.