Pomegranate Date Quinoa Energy Bar

Pomegranate Date Quinoa Energy Bar2

If you ask me what my favorite snack is, I would have to say my own home-made energy bar. The first time I ever ate an energy bar was when an American friend gave me one as a gift. Back then I wasn’t into fitness so I had zero knowledge about those things, and in China we simply don’t have such products. The one he gave me was a small 100g chunk, looking like a hard pressed mass of ingredients, and very dense. On the package there was a picture of a guy climbing rocks. So you know it’s not a common relaxation time snack, but something to eat when you need fuel but don’t have much time.

I definitely need these bars now as I exercise more so I decided to make my own as I can’t afford to buy imported ones. The only disadvantage is that you have to freeze them and eat them quickly, otherwise if you leave it on the counter for too long, it’s going to be mushy. :( I would have to experiment to find ways to make a drier version. But for now, I really enjoy my fresh energy bar.

Health Index: 5/5 (everyday food, highly recommended)
Kitchen Gadgets: Food Processor
Serves: 6

¾ cup Medjool dates
½ cup pomegranate seeds (1/4 of a big promegranate)
½ cup flax seed powder
½ cup cooked quinoa
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup hemp seed powder
pinch of sea salt

1. Remove the core from the dates and chop into small chunks. They might be very sticky.
2. Add all the ingredients into the food processor and process until smooth, or to the texture that you desire.
3. Scoop the mixture into the bar-shaped silicon molds, this fills six 7.6×2.7×3 cm (3×1×1.2 inches) molds.
4. Wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
5. Remove the energy bars from the molds and put them into a freezer box or bags, keep them in the freezer and eat directly from the freezer. If it’s too cold for you, you can wait until it reaches room temperature, but don’t wait for too long, otherwise they turn soft and mushy.

  • Just found my way to your site through our coursera nutrition course. Love the look of your energy bar recipe and am looking forward to browsing your site. I cycle with a group and will try out the energy bars this winter!

  • Great to hear! Hope you like it! :)

  • Same here – I’m in the coursera nutrition course as well. I agree- going to try out the bars on my long runs as I train for a marathon. Can I suggest you also include the nutritional facts. Thanks

  • Thank you Maria, will take this into consideration! :D

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  • Joe

    hey. where can I find these ingredients in shanghai?
    I especially want seeds like hemp seeds, sunflower seeds

  • Annie Taylor Chen

    Hey there, for offline stores you might want to try World Health Store and Sprout Lifestyle. Or you can try the Taobao site with which you can get basically everything, even imported. You might need a Chinese friend to help you out but you will discover a lot of goodies at reasonable price. Good luck shopping! ;)

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  • Matt Akromis

    Can I make these without molds?

  • Annie Taylor Chen

    Hey Matt, of course, you can also use your hands to shape them into energy balls, energy cookies, energy triangles, as long as they’re distributed in smaller, easy to grab portions! ;)

  • Lc

    Have you tried making these bars with dried quinoa seeds, instead of cooked quinoa? Just wondering if this would be less mushy. Your bars look yummy!

  • Hey there, sounds like a good idea, though it’s not available in where I live yet. :P

  • Kate Elizabeth

    Have you tried dehydrating the bars so they do not melt when you take them out of the freezer? I plan on taking these climbing.

  • Hey Kate, that could be a good idea. Though I haven’t gotten dehydrator yet. If you have one, you might try flatten them instead of shaping them as bars to quicken the drying process. Let me know if you’re successful with it! ;)

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