The food industry has led us to believe that whey protien is healthy but its just not true. When cheese, butter and cream were made on the farm, the whey and skim milk were given to the pigs and chickens. But today these products are made in factories far from the farms where they originated, so the industry has a "whey problem," solved by drying the skim milk and whey at high temperatures and putting the powders into energy drinks, body building powders and high-protein bars. Hmmm, ill have to pass on that.
Energy Bars Are Not Your Best Option
With the exception of the fats, most of the ingredients used in energy bars are waste products--soy protein isolate and whey protein are the waste products of the soy oil and cheese industries respectively. Apple and lemon fiber, used to create a crunchy effect, are also waste products, made from the pulp left over from squeezing the fruits for their juice. Soy lecithin, another common ingredient, is also a waste product of the soy oil industry. And most of the sweeteners are made by highly industrialized processes. In short, most of the ingredients in energy bars are anything but natural - Sally Fallon
The good news is making your own power/energy/snack bar is quite simple! Its easy to add in whatever you like whether its chocolate, peanut butter, dried fruit or cinnamon and spices. Plus there is no sugar other than what is naturally found in dried dates and plenty of healthy fats from nuts, coconut oil & chia seeds.
- Chia seeds are truly a superfood and they also help to bind the ingredients together once they are soaked in water to form a "gel".
- Chia seeds have more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food, including flax seeds. They contain about 20% protein.
- When soaked in water this gel also forms in the stomach when chia seeds are consumed. That sounds bad, but researchers believe it actually slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbs into sugar, making it especially beneficial for diabetics and others with blood sugar issues.
- Chia seeds are so high in antioxidants that they do not spoil easily and can be stored for long periods, unlike flax seeds.
- Important Facts About Chia Seeds
I like to add whatever nuts I have on hand. A combination of walnuts and almonds have a nice texture and flavor. Once everything is combined, the soft mixture is a little sticky but easily workable into whatever shape you want to form them into. Sometimes I make bars, but on this occasion balls were just more fun :)
- 2 & 1/4 Cup of Nuts/Seeds. I used 1/2 Cup Almonds, 1/2 Cup Cashews, 1/2 Cup Hazelnuts, 1/2 Cup Walnuts, 1/4 Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 Cup Pitted Dates
- 1/8 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbls Chia Seeds Soaked In 5 Tbls Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon