Trail Mix Energy Squares

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on February 19, 2011

Holy giveaway!

The mandatory entry for my snack attack giveaway is to tell me what your favorite snack in the whole world is.

I’ve absolutely loved reading each of your comments and have added many of your snack ideas to Omgiidernigtd-Snacks.

I’m seeing a lot of nut butter, yogurt, chobani, and more salsa and tortilla chip comments than I can count.

I really need to try this Chobani stuff. I wonder if I can find it at the health food store in town. I’ve heard endless good things.

My favorite comment so far was from Lorie, it made me giggle while I was waiting for my lunch yesterday:

Thank you all for your entries so far! We still have 4 days before the winner is announced, so make sure you take advantage of each of the 5 ways to enter!

On with the eats…

I used chickpea flour for the first time this week when I whipped up a batch of socca.

This stuff is truly amazing, its so versatile!

Not only is it ridiculously high in fiber, it’s high in protein too! Check out the nutrition benefits in just 1/4 cup:

Holy toledo, I’m in flour heaven!

When I wanted to make a batch of pre-workout snacks yesterday, I decided to take chickpea flour for another spin and wasn’t disappointed.

Trail Mix Energy Squares

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free

These bars are high in carbohydrates, low in sugar, and made with 100% pure and natural ingredients. They’ll give you just the right amount of energy you need to rock your workout, juggle the Saturday family schedule, or fuel you for a beautiful hike in the mountains.

Inspired by: Oh She Glows

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup sprouted rice protein powder *see note
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flakes
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted, and cut into small pieces

Binding goodness:

  • 1/2 apple, diced [any kind will do the trick]
  • 1/2 cup prunes
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup

Note: I used a natural flavored sprouted rice protein for one batch and vanilla for the second batch. Both worked out great. The protein powder does  contribute significantly to the taste of the bars, so if you’re not a fan of flavored protein powder, I’d go with natural flavored. Any type of protein powder will do the trick: hemp, rice, whey, etc. Also, The protein powder can also be substituted with extra quinoa flakes.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper across both sides for easy lifting. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Scatter chopped walnuts on baking mat and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes [mine took 10]. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, place apple and prunes in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for 5 minutes. Drain and puree with maple syrup in a food processor or blender until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, protein powder, quinoa flakes, flaxseed, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Sit in the walnuts and dried fruit. Make sure the nuts and dried fruit are completely coated with the flour mixture.
  5. Add the fruit puree mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix well. Spread into the 8×8 prepared pan, pressing with your fingers to even it out. If you don’t have a pastry roller, use a small medicine bottle to roll the bars as flat as possible. [Sorry Lactaid!]
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 325F or until golden. [Mine took 32 minutes]
  7. Remove from the pan and allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing with a sharp knife.

Nutrition stats [1 snack-sized bar]: calories 159; fat 8g; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 10g; protein 6g

Makes 8 large bars, or 16 snack sized squares.

I was pretty slow in the pool this morning. It could have been because I’d eaten a bit too many of these squares before my swim meet, or because I wasn’t motivated at all.

I just couldn’t get into the grove. My head was all over the place, I kept hitting the lane divider with my right hand, and my goggles kept filling up with water?! Ugh I hate when that happens!

When I got home, I ate another bar, told myself I tried my best, and marched upstairs to my office to catch up on my weekly health article reading. Better luck next Saturday I suppose.

Do you try to keep a positive attitude when you’ve had an “off” day? What activities do you turn to to get your mind off things?

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In Katrina's Kitchen

Another great recipe!! Yum! I’d pack this up in my bag for sure!!

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HappyWhenNotHungry

Wow these bars look so delicious and healthy! Thanks for sharing!

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fooddreamer

I eat snacks all the time, I am a diehard snacker. I do love chobani (plain) with some toasted walnuts. Any sort of nut will do, in a pinch.
These energy bars look delicious!

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Sarah (Flavoropolis)

This is a very interesting use of chickpea flour, I’ll have to try it. I love chickpea flour and always have it on hand!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

these bars look yummy!! for me, i like to munch on fresh raspberries/blueberries for something sweet and a pint of baby sweet tomatoes for something veggie. :)

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Jess@atasteofconfidence

those look great- i starred em!

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Kate @ Diethood.com

What a great idea…I love trail mix! I need to find chickpea flour!

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Tiffany

Chickpea flour?!? COOL! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

These look so amazing – honestly. I need to get me some chickpea flour!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

They are really tasty, and they freeze really well! I cut them into 1 inch squares and popped them in the freezer for quick snacking for weeks to come!

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kate@ahealthypassion

these look awesome I definitely need to grab some chickpea flour next time im at the store.

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

I can’t wait to get some chickpea flour–I’ve been wanting to make socca and now I’d like to make these as well!! :)

I definitely try to keep a positive attitude when I’m having an off day–a positive attitude usually helps me turn my frown upside down! ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s a great way at approaching a bad day, Stefanie! You’re going to love chickpea flour. It will change your life, I have no doubt about it.

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

these are absolutely amazing!! the nutrition stats are KILLER!

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Becky

Your trail mix look so good and hearty. I just trued Chobani a couple of days ago. I had 6 oz size 14 gr of protein, of plain, but it had black cherries on the bottom for 150 calories. It was so good and it was filling. I bought it at Super Target, so I now have a new lunch item.

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Sandra

Oh those are amazing..love it! Congrats on top9!!!

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Virtually Vegan Mama

great job! those look delish! Congrats Foodbuzzer Top 9! WOOHOO!

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MarmandeintheKitchen

Looks delicious, and it makes me want to buy some chickpea flour now!

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Evan @swEEts

These sound deliciously healthy and packed with energy! Whenever I’m having an off day I try to keep a positive outlook and usually pump up my exercise a bit!

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Threemealsaday

Very interesting combination of ingredients and nice photo. I have never used chickpea flour and have no more room in my pantry for another. Bobs Red Mill makes that but I have yet to see it on a grocer shelf; how do you get yours?

Nice blog and congrats on your TOP 9 food buzz.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I buy mine in bulk from the local health food store, they sell it by 5kg bags. Any health food store should have at least one variety. Another place you could try is an ethnic grocery store, or the ethnic isle at Superstore. Good luck!

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Heather

Just found your site…lots of yummy and healthy treats! Will be sure to come back and visit!

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Sandi

These looks SO good! How do they keep? I’d like to take them on a hiking trip!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

They keep fine. I’ve packed them in my lunch a couple of days this week and haven’t had any problems with them. They are solid at room temperature, so they would be perfect for hiking!

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Tichina

Hi Leanne!
I came across your blog not to long ago and decided to made these squares primarily with my own tummy in mind :) . Shortly after whipping them up, my mom came home from work, took one bite, and stole half the batch to take back to work with her! They were a hit… her secretary even phoned looking for the recipe! Two thumbs up for these yummy treats :).

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, Tichina! I’m glad your family + friends liked them!

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colleen

wondering if chickpea flour is unavailable, could whole wheat flour replace or is chickpea flour something totally different?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Colleen, I’ve never baked with whole wheat flour, so I’m not sure. I’ve been told by a couple of readers that they’ve used a combination of brown and white rice flour and it’s worked well. Oat flour may also be a good alternative. Sorry I cannot be of more help :)

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Amanda

MMM! I have looked through you blog a 100 times but have not ever seen these! My boyfriend works the 12 hour night shift and I am always looking for ways to get him away from sugar and preservative filled granola bars that don’t provide energy or nutrition! He loves the no-bake granola cakes, which is awesome, but these look like they will substitute in nicely when he has had to many granola cakes! Oh, he also just goes crazy for your nuts and seeds toffee, thanks Leanne!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I totally forgot about these squares, too! haha I remember really, really loving them. I think I made a cherry one too… yep, here they are: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6006454

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