The Hungry Yogi


HungryYogi

Between Yoga, work and cycling around town, I need constant supply of energy. While I never skip meals, snacks are essential for keeping me fueled and smiling throughout the day. You can usually see my at the studio eating a quick snack before class or squirreling away my other snacks for later on the bottom shelf of the fridge.

Unfortunately, not all snacks are created equal and some leave you hungry again within minutes. I really like raw energy bars because they are portable, easy to eat on the go (no crumbs or loud packaging) and provide lots of lasting energy.

As they have fibre from dates and essential fats from nuts, they tend to release their energy slowly. In Yoga terms, this means, these will keep you going for a 90-minute class. Raw energy bars can always be found at the front desk at YogaVenue. Most major supermarkets also carry a small selection, often tucked away somewhere among the “gluten free/free from” foods.    

Best of all, raw energy bars are super easy and quick to make at home. They don’t require a lot of ingredients or complicated steps. If you like to use your hands and don’t mind getting sticky up to the elbows, these babies are for you.

See below for two of my favourite recipes. These should get you started successfully in your own kitchen but don’t hesitate to try out different flavor combinations. You can always bring any leftovers to the studio and feed hungry yogis.

Raw Cacao and Cherry Bars

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Makes 6 to 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 100 g almonds
  • 30 g Brazil nuts
  • 150 g dates
  • 30 g baked or dried cherries
  • 2 tbs raw cacao powder (alternatively 4 tbs cocoa powder)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs warm water


Instructions

  1. Grind raw almonds and Brazil nuts in blender.
  2. Transfer ground nuts to medium mixing bowl. Do not clean blender.
  3. Place dates and cherries into blender and cover with warm water. Let these soak and re-hydrate in the blender for 10 minutes.
  4. Add raw cacao and salt to the bowl with the ground nuts and combine.
  5. Drain water from dates/cherries and blend for several seconds until sticky and chunky mass forms. You may have to stop the blender and scrape down the sides once or twice.
  6. Add the date/cherry mixture and 1 tbs warm water to the nut mix and knead with your hands until sticky.
  7. Press firmly into a square form and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  8. Cut into bar shapes and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


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Raw Cacao Orange Bars


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Makes 6 to 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 140 g almonds
  • 140 g dates
  • 2 tbs raw cacao powder (alternatively 4 tbs cocoa powder)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • zest from ⅓ orange (alternatively, ¼ tsp orange extract)
  • 1 tbs warm water


Instructions

  1. Grind raw almonds in blender.
  2. Transfer ground almonds to medium mixing bowl. Do not clean blender.
  3. Place dates into blender and cover with warm water. Let these soak and re-hydrate in the blender for 10 minutes.
  4. Add raw cacao, salt and orange zest to the bowl with the ground almonds and combine.
  5. Drain water from dates and blend for several seconds until sticky and chunky mass forms. You may have to stop the blender and scrape down the sides once or twice.
  6. Add date mixture and 1 tbs warm water to nut mix and knead with your hands until sticky.
  7. Press firmly into a square form and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  8. Cut into bar shapes and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


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