No-Bake Almond Sesame Energy Squares {GF, Vegan}

11 ingredients. Easy. Nutrient-Packed. Delishnesssss(apparently my new favourite made up word).  Let’s give a raw welcome to the N0-Bake Almond Sesame Energy Squares.

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Open Sesameeeeee! Okay. The name totally reminded of that classic phrase and I just had to get it out there if anyone else was thinking the same thing….Now I’m good to go!

After releasing my No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Protein Bars, you awesomesauces were raving! I got a number of you asking for more of these protein/energy-bar-like recipes. I absolutely love hearing your feedback and I’m beyond happy to make more of your requests(pending they’re healthy and are in line with my vision, which you can read more about in my first foodie blog post here).

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That’s why I write this blog. It’s for you! My commitment and mission is that everyone feels their best darn self,  like the real “you.” This blog is one of the many ways I love to support you, so that you can be you and own it. The one where you are no longer  plagued down with your health concerns….like how backed up you are, how you feel 6 months pregnant, or how tired you feel as if you were moving through bloody molasses. I’m talking about the you where you feel your best, have the energy to do the things you actually love, and are rocking your socks off. You get the point. I love you.

So much good stuff in these bars! While I’m not a super big fan of that protein powder chalkiness, I use minimal amounts in this recipe so it still has a nice texture and isn’t overpowering the flavour.

IMG_0757 (1)Your protein sources come from the vegan protein powder, almonds, tahini, and hemp seeds. In case you’re wondering, I used vanilla vega protein and greens but feel free to use whatever plant based one you have on hand.

Protein is super important for  balanced hormones. Healthy Hormones = a happy mood, glowing skin, healthy and strong hair, lean muscle mass, and buckets of energy.

Also, tahini, almonds, dates, and hemp seeds are a fantastical source of calcium. Strong Healthy Bones. Strong Healthy Teeth!

Minimal honey is added because the protein powder does provide a generous dose of “sweetness” and so do the dates.  But if you absolutely hate the taste of the protein powder, swap it with 2 Tbsp of hemp seeds(in addition to the 2 that the recipe calls for and add 2 extra 2TBSP of honey.)

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These bars are the right amount of sweetness, chewy, nutrient-dense, no-fuss, grab and go, and protein-rich! And they’re  waaaayyyy cheaper than your average protein bar, which comes in around $4 a pop! Also, they’re food sensitivity/intolerance friendly being gluten-free, vegan optional, dairy-free, soy-free, and refined sugar free.

If you have any allergies/sensitivities to the ingredients, then feel free to swap them out with another comparable ingredient.The flavour profile will differ and I can’t say for certain how that will taste BUT I bet you’ll be fine.  For example: can’t do almonds, use cashews or walnuts instead. Can’t do oats, use quinoa flakes instead.

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No-Bake Almond Sesame Energy Squares {GF, Vegan}

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 25m
  • Yield: 16 energy squares

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup almond butter(or use 1/4 cup more of tahini)
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder (~3 TBSP worth)
  • 2 tablespoons honey(maple syrup if vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 oats (ground into oat flour)
  • 3 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup of almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper and put it off to the side.
  2. Grind oats into oat flour using either a food processor or blender of choice. Pulse oats until they are a powder-like consistency.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, plus oat flour, to your high-speed food processor and blend until all ingredients are combined. The consistency we are going for is a dough- like one. Not super sticky and not super dry.
  4. Transfer the dough to the baking dish, press into pan, and use a large spoon to roll it into an even layer.
  5. Transfer to the freezer and let the dough sit for 10 minutes. Then take them out and cut them into 16 squares.
  6. Place them back into the freezer(good for 2 weeks). Note that these bars will get soft if left out in. You can also keep them in the fridge but they only last 4-6 days max.

I hope you enjoy these! They’re great as a quick brekkie or powered snack. I recommend making a few batches and storing them in your freezer. They’ll stay fresh for about 2-4 weeks.

And before I forget, I will be rolling out a lot more of these protein/energy bar-like varieties in future blogs. If you likey, then make sure to check my blog every Wednesday for the latest recipe or follow me @renatataravski on Instagram so you don’t miss out.

If you make this recipe let me know. Rate it, post a comment, and tag a picture of your creation with #drrenata on Instagram I’d love to see your stuff!

See you next Wednesday!

With Love,

Dr. Renata xo

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