Save yourself a few extra dollars by making your own energy bars at home. Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of wildly popular Pure Bar, shared this easy recipe for her dessert-like fruit and nut bars. Packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants, these bars are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth — minus the guilt! Best of all, they're vegan, gluten-free, and require absolutely no cooking.View Transcript »
Inspired by the lack of vegan gluten-free options at the grocery store, Pure Bar founder Veronica Bosgraaf set out to make her own bar using only healthful and pure ingredients. So today she's gonna show us her very own version of a Pure Bar that you can make at home. Hi, Veronica. Hi! So tell us about this recipe. Well this is a wonderful guilt-free desert recipe. It's got protein from the nuts, there's fiber, there's so many anti-oxidants but we've still have chocolate and we have the richness of the nut. Yeah. And we got the sweetness of the dates, so it's a wonderful, guilt-free, yummy dessert. That is amazing. So here's what you'll need, three quarters of a cup of raw cashews, three quarters of a cup of raw walnuts, one cup of dates that are pitted, salt to taste, one and a half tablespoons of coconut oil, one quarter cup of rock carob nibs and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. You'll also need a food processor and any flat surface, we have a cutting board here but you could use a cookie sheet. Yup. All right, so let's get started. Okay. So all you need to do really is mix it altogether in a food processor. Now if you want to, you can chop your dates up first, that sometimes makes it more pliable and easy to work with. Right. But for the most part, I usually just dump it all in together. And I love the dates. They add so much fiber, and they're such a great source of sweetness, without the added calorie. They are and they're full of antioxidants and they're really good for you. And the walnuts. Walnuts have omega-3. Right. Exactly. So good. And the cacao is actually a raw chocolate, and they're full of antioxidants. Yeah. They're actually super good. They have more antioxidants than green tea. There you go. We've got salt. And I just put the coconut oil in. You can do the vanilla to taste as well. I like to put about one and a half teaspoons in. Perfect. We've got our salt. And then salt to taste. Some people like it a little saltier. Okay and all you do is blend it up! So we have a really nice consistency, now we're gonna form them into really whatever shape you want. If you want to have the dough be a little more pliable. Right. And not so gooey gooey, you can refrigerate it for about 20 minutes. The gooey, gooey is so fun. Very amazing. I know. It looks great. But because these are un packaged and they're natural, you wanna refrigerate when storing, right? Yes. I definitely store them in the refrigerator. So now my favorite part, the tasting. Yes. I can't wait, they're so scrumptious. They're amazing. Isn't that good? They 're not overpoweringly sweet, which I love. And you've still got the crunch from the nuts. Yes. So it's got a really good consistency. So you can also take this very same recipe and add dried cranberries or dried blueberries or coconut, you can really customize it and add your favorite flavors. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us, Veronica. Thank you so much for having me. We'll see you next time on FitSugar TV.