Monday, August 2, 2010

Gluten-free energy bars

Finding an ACD-friendly energy bar is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Of course, the packaged ones are loaded with sugar and carbs. What would you expect? That's the stuff that provides energy when you exercise.

I do a lot of cycling, including some long-distance rides but those pre-packaged energy bars won't work for me because of my candida issues. It took some searching on the internet and experimenting but I finally came up with my own ACD-friendly energy bar. It's got lots of good stuff in it and gives me some "go power." I tweaked a recipe from Thrive Fitness.

Carob Strawberry Chia Energy Bars

  1. 1/4 cup carob powder
  2. 1/4 cup vanilla rice protein powder
  3. 1/4 cup white chia seeds
  4. 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  5. 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  6. 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  7. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  8. Sea salt to taste
  9. 1/2 cup sprouted quinoa
  10. Liquid or powdered stevia to taste
  1. One day ahead of time, prepare the quinoa seeds. Soak in water for six hours. Drain and place in a seed sprouter. Once the seeds have formed tails from sprouting, place them in a food dehydrator and dry to the touch.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Spread the mixture (1/4 inch thick) on a sheet in your dehydrator. Dry for about one hour. Then flip and continue drying. Total drying time: about two hours.
  4. Cut into pieces of desired size. Freeze until ready to use.

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