I want to share a great recipe from the Acquablend website for healthy Goji berry energy bars!
I just love this recipe, but I have to double up on the ingredients here, because I always seem to run out quickly, as they are ultra scrumptious. I think the main benefit for me is that I am making them and that I know what has gone into them. I don’t have to worry about travelling to a shop, or the ‘over-packaging’ that you get today (bars inside wrappers, inside boxes). The worst offenders are stay fresh plastic foil wrappers. What was wrong with recyclable tin foil and paper? But I digress.
There are great benefits to these health bars, mainly the Goji berries which are high in antioxidants which help cleans your body from the inside out. You can find out more about the health benefits of Goji berries in detail from the Acquablend article, The Antioxidant power of Goji berries.
- 1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup of soaked buckwheat
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 cup of raw walnuts or cashew nuts
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1/3 cup of goji berries
Soak buckwheat for 6-8 hours (change soaking water at least once) and nuts for and hour. Drain all well. Put pumpkin seeds, buckwheat, almonds, goji berries and walnuts or cashew nuts into a blender or food processor and blend for a few seconds on low. To leave chunky divide mixture and blend half at a time.
In a bowl, mix these ingredients with the honey and add a little more water to moisten if needed and add more dried goji berries.
Make cookie moulds or balls with your hands or put the mixture into small baking tray to make compact energy bars.
Let it sit for a while in fridge or freezer.
Tip: Sometimes the mixture can be too loose, so I suggest draining the buckwheat well, and maybe adding more dry ingredients. But do not expect bars that are perfectly hard, they will always be a bit pliable. Storing them in the fridge keeps them firm and fresh…but they don’t usually last long.