Raw Spirulina Energy Crunch Bars

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!


Raw Spirulina Energy Crunch Bars
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 9 bars
 
A 100 calorie raw snack, high in enzymes, healthy fats, and nutrient rich spirulina.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds [pepitas]
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon spirulina
Instructions
  1. ulse 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Comments

    • That sounds about right, Antonella!

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

  2. 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?

    • 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!

  3. 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. :)

  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

    • 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!

  8. 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 ;)