Superfood Energy Bars

Superfood Energy Bars
Superfood Bars

Superfoods are all the rage! But are they actually super?!

All vegetables, fruits and plant foods are truly “super foods” in terms of their potential health benefits and help with weight management.

Because of our global society, plant-based gems from across the globe are now available in our everyday grocery stores. These foods offer concentrated amounts of nutrients including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, fiber, protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, just to name a few.

How do you provide super foods to your family?

The key is keeping it simple.  I love to make these bars because you can easily substitute ingredients based on what you already have on hand. Plus, it’s a one bowl, easy clean up, fast but healthy snack.  That’s a win-win in our household!!

Enjoy these superfood bars for breakfast, snack or an after dinner treat.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup gluten free oats
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. almond butter
1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Hemp Hearts
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop nuts
  3. Let almond butter come to room temperature if stored in refrigerator.
  4. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  5. Spread onto parchment paper. Use plastic wrap in hands to help spread out mixture.
  6. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap.
  7. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  8. Cut into shapes

Yield: about 5 bars

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN is a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and senior clinical nutritionist for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston. Stacy created and serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the award-winning, Dana-Farber website and affiliated Nutrition app. Her app and cancer video series have been featured in popular press and industry magazines. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio, podcasts, documentary films and print media.

Stacy teaches nutrition at Simmons College. She co-founded her private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC and works as a nutrition consultant and advisor for numerous businesses and non-profit organizations in the health, wellness, food and technology spaces.  She is former Chief Wellness Officer and currently sits as an Advisor for AVA, a tech-nutrition startup leveraging artificial intelligence for meal tracking, planning & expert nutrition coaching. She is featured in Lighter, the plant-based nutrition-tech tool for meal planning.

Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Stacy received a B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She enjoys yoga, running, cooking and caring for her husband, sons and dogs.