I am a reluctant exerciser – and that’s putting it mildly. I’ve never been an athlete. As a child I danced. First ballet and later modern dance (I went to a very artsy high school – in the late 70’s no less), but that was really just to get out of having to go to PE. I think that volleyball may have been worst thing that ever happened to me!
Even now, when I have all the choice in the world about what kind of exercise to do, I usually have trouble motivating myself to accomplish even my favorites.
Each night I go to bed with the best of intentions, to get up early and walk or jog, do Pilates or yoga. And even though I always feel better when I am doing, or have done some, any, exercise, I still resist. I can be convinced to stay in bed or at home with only the slightest temptation. My favorite is “it’s raining.” That works for almost the entire winter here in Oregon!
Enter the Super Sonic Protein Power Bars (“Super Sonic” is my addition to their name). I love these bars. The recipe came to me via Prescribe Nutrition, and even though the “cleanse” I did with them is well over, I’m pretty certain these bars will stay in my repertoire for life. Not only are they absolutely delicious, they are chock full of fabulously healthy super foods and they pack a huge wallop of energy. One of these tiny little squares of goodness can be enough to give me the surge I need to get my self out the door for that walk or Pilates class. It doesn’t hurt that they’re also great with a cup of coffee.
I’ve made these with both toasted and un-toasted walnuts. I think I prefer the latter. One 8 x 8 pan yields 16 bars, and in my case that’s good for a couple of weeks (Rob is allergic to nuts and my kids don’t like the bars, so lucky me, I get them all to myself). I try not to eat more than one a day. At 240 calories they’re a pretty hefty snack. Usually I have one shortly after I get up in the morning, but I have occasionally snuck one in to pull myself through that mid-afternoon slump.
As the women at Prescribe Nutrition say, “make these, you won’t be sorry”.
P.S. I calculated the nutritional value of these – As I said, they’re 240 calories a piece, they also have 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein – Just in case you wanted to know.
Super Sonic Protein Power Bars
By January 28, 2013Published:
- Yield: 16 squares
Adapted ever so slightly from Prescribe Nutrition.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup flax seed freshly ground
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut unsweetened
- 1/2 cups almond or cashew butter (could use pecan or sunflower seed too)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup prunes, dates, or figs chopped
- Pulse nuts, flaxseed, coconut, nut butter and salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add the melted coconut oil along with the remaining ingredients. Pulse to create a coarse pastry mixture.
- Press mixture into an 8x8 baking dish. chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens. Cut into mini bars and store in fridge.
- Course: Snack