Raw Spirulina Energy Crunch Bars

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on June 16, 2011

I think one of my favorite things about blogging has been forcing myself to come up with new snack ideas.

Of course I have my favorites, but I can’t very well be posting kale chip, strawberry shortcake, and cracker recipes every week, now can I?

It’s been nice to start each week off with a tasty new snack, and this week was no exception.

In between baking a cake for my dad’s birthday and icing my knee from my race, I also made a batch of raw energy bars!

There’s a slight banana flavor to these bars that’s just delicious. They’re just sweet enough, perfectly satisfying, and come in at just over 100 calories a bar. I’ve really enjoyed bringing them along with me as an afternoon workout snack. Just the dose of energy I need to get my muscles moving!

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Raw Spirulina Energy Crunch Bars

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

A 100 calorie raw snack, high in enzymes, healthy fats, and nutrient rich spirulina.

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds [pepitas]
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp spirulina

Directions

Pulse pumpkin and sunflower seeds in food processor with “S” blade. Remove and place in a small bowl. Using same food processor bowl, blend banana and dates until smooth. Add pulsed seeds and all remaining ingredients to the bowl. Mix quickly with food processor before shaping mixture into small bars.

Dehydrator version: place bars on teflex sheets and dehydrate for 8-10hrs at 105F. You’ll know the bars are done when they’re crispy on the outside and firm on the inside.

Freezer version: place the bars on a parchment paper lined plate and stick in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up. Bars eaten right out of the freezer work well but will become soft in 15 minutes or so.

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If you’re a blogger, what’s one thing that’s changed in your life since beginning your blog?

Do you have a dehydrator? Do you like dehydrator recipes, or would you opt for the frozen version of this recipe?

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

OOooo!!! I would have to try the dehydrator version, though. I received one for Christmas last year, and I have to admit that I am a little overwhelmed by it!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

If you’re a blogger, what’s one thing that’s changed in your life since beginning your blog? = I’ve moved 5 times, my child walks, talks, is potty trained and TELLS ME what she wants in her smoothies. Life happens so fast!

Do you have a dehydrator? Do you like dehydrator recipes, or would you opt for the frozen version of this recipe? = Yes. No. Frozen. Why? B/c I hate the sound of the dehyd, it’s so noisy to me. And I hate running an appliance for day(s) when I can just pop it into the freezer and be done. And I used to think i “had” to have a dehyd. lol

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Jess@HealthyExposures

These look great! I don’t have a dehydrator…for a while was thinking of getting one but I just know it would become something I would LOVE for like, a week or two…and then put away only to use once in a blue moon. It’s instances like this where I wish I had one, though!

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Kaitlyn

I was at the store buying some packaged foods for my travel days and I saw that Raw Revolution has a bar similar to this one!! But where on earth could I find spirulina??

I bought my boyfriend a dehydrator for his birthday so he could make beef jerky and dried fruit, he’d been wanting one for ages. But now I need one for myself!! For now, freezer bars for me.

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Casey (The Hippie Health Nut)

I wish I had a dehydrator. It’s the freezer for me…for now. :)

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

Things that have changed in my life — we finished paying off our credit card debt ($30K +) and Jason lost his job about 2 months ago. It has been an interesting year, that is for sure!

I don’t have a dehydrator and to be honest I have no room in my kitchen so I’m not getting one for a long time!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, you’ve had a busy year. It’s great that you were able to pay off your debt before Jason lost his job!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Yum! I need to try out the spirulina.

One of the best things about blogging for me has been the accountability. I am much more consistent with working out and with eating good, clean foods. And, of course, the awesome, inspiring community!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

Blogging definitely forces me to think outside the box and come up with fun ways to get good stuff in! I love it though. I love a good food challenge and I love inspiration! I want a dehydrator, but have never had one. Definitely on my list of things to get soon!

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Tine

Definitely gonna try that recipe!
Love it!

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Tine

I don’t have a dehydrator, but I ‘dry’ my fruits, granola, bars, etc. in my oven at 100°C/200°F.
Works fine!

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Lisa @ Healthful Sense

I love creating new and healthy snacks! There are many ways that blogging has changed my life. I really pay attention to what I am eating since I blog about many of my meals/snacks. I love your energy bars.

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Jessica

Came across your blog on foodbuzz & am your newest follower!!!
- Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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Tori (Fresh Fruition)

These are gorgeous! I’ve never used a dehydrator, but I really want to try one. Are they expensive?

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

I have a dehydrator and I love it. We get lots of fruit in the valley where we live so I’m drying fruit constantly in the end of summer, cherries, peaches, apples, plums. And I make lots of fruit leather, but my dehydrator isn’t the best so I’m not sure how making something like these would work. Plus I can’t choose the temperature, that’s kind of important for some things. I’m looking forward to getting a better one in the future. Love the freezer option on these :D

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Kristina @ spabettie

I always want a dehydrator this time of year especially… almost bought one the other day, but this is JASON’S month (birthday!) so no buying for myself! :) soon, though.

I have always tried new things in the kitchen, and took photos of food before I had a blog :) but now I am actively thinking about it… sometimes that’s more difficult for me, TRYING to come up with new things, where before it was simply natural. blogging has made my photography skills better, also. still learning, but there has been VAST improvement over what I used to do.

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

Since starting to blog, I [semi]-graduated, realized what I want to study in Grad School, and discovered tons of new and amazing friends!! :)

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Elise

Leanne, I bought spirulina after reading your post “no-bake-brownie-fifteens”. I tried the brownies and they were nice to get used to this new ingredients (http://www.fitnesstreats.com/2011/06/trying-spirulina.html) but I’m afraid every thing else I make with spirulina taste like seaweed if I don’t put lots of cocoa with it. Is one banana enough to ‘hide’ the spirulina flavor in these bars?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I freak about the spirulina taste too. I’m not a fan of it! I honestly didn’t taste the spirulina at all in these. More so when they were dehydrated because the banana taste got a bit stronger. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you could try shaping the mix into cookies and baking at 170F for 15-20minutes!

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Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover!

These look really amazing, but I don’t have a dehydrator… wish I did for so many reasons!

Since I started blogging (not long ago!) my eyes have been opened to a world of people dealing with issues that are just like mine. It has given me more confidence and teaches me something new every day!

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Tessa

You read my mind. I was just eating a Go Raw spirulina bar (banana flavored) and thought to myself that I need to figure out how to make these. THANK YOU!!!! Dehydrator here I come.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Those bars sound delicious!

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Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh

THESE sound great!! I love how the ingredients are so simple as well as being super simple to make :)

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eva @5FruitsNVeggies

i am new to spirulina, so this might be just the thing to start to learn about it!

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Lori @ Laurel of Leaves

I love how simple this recipe is! I’m always looking for snack ideas that travel well. I don’t have a dehydrator so I would opt for the freezer method.
As far as one thing that has changed in my life since I started my blog–I moved to New Zealand for 9 months! It’s been fun blogging new recipes that were made in another country ;)

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Kelly E.

Do you have a dehydrator that you would recommend? Thanks!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I have an excalibur and love it! I purchased it as a recommendation from a friend who owned a raw food restaurant. I love it!

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Juice Diet Blog

These sound great will have to try them! Have been looking for new recipes with spirulina so this was perfect timing :)

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Julie

I thought these were a great idea for the dehydrator! I just made a batch overnight for my 3-year old, and I could even stir his digestive enzyme into some of the bars without worrying about the temperature destroying them. I used soaked and dehydrated oats and pepitas, blanched almonds, coconut, and some chia. Only hitch was that I could only find spirulina mixed into chocolate-flavored greens powder, so they aren’t quite as pretty as yours!

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Courtney

I’m so excited to have found this recipe! A couple of months ago I found some raw spirulina chips at Whole Foods that consist of bananas, dates, spirulina and sesame seeds dehydrated into little chips. They are really tasty and made for a good work snack, but the cost for the size and amount just wasn’t worth it. These are almost exactly the same! I made the dehydrator version, doubled the recipe and added 2 tsp of spirulina. I flattened them out into patties. I just taste tested one and they turned out perfect. I love the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in them. This is going to be my new work snack, and for a fraction of the cost!

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Melaina

Hi! I’m super excited to make the spirulina energy crunch bars but I was wondering if baking them at a low temp could substitute using the dehydrator? Also, I don’t have spirulina powder.. would rice protein powder be a good substitute?

Thanks!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m sure if you put it on a low temp, it should be okay. You can also keep them raw and just freeze them and eat them cold. I haven’t used protein powder in this recipe, but I bet it would work! You could add more to increase the protein as well. Enjoy!

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Sonnet

These look amazing! I live in a super small apartment (with a tiny kitchen) so my dehydrator has been packed away for the past year, but these are enough reason to finally pull it out. :)

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Jen Burstedt

What a great recipe! I tried these out yesterday and, although they didn’t turn out exactly like the picture, they are delicious.

Do you have the nutritional facts for these bars?

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Jen – that’s too bad that they didn’t turn out like the image. Did you dehydrate them? I don’t have the nutritional facts, but you can calculate them easily enough using the About.com recipe tool. Hope that helps!

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Sara

Looks amazing! Peanut-butter would also make another amazing addition and help with the stickiness!

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Antonella

How big should the bars be? 2 inx1 in?

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

That sounds about right, Antonella!

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HealthForce

Great looking recipe! We’re excited to share it- our fans are always asking for more recipes!!

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Jasmin

I love your recipe. I was out of spirulina so I used moringa leaf powder instead and added cranberries.
I also baked them for a few minutes since I didn’t have time to use my dehydrator. Then I put them in the freezer.
They are very good. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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