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Homemade Chunks of Energy

I must confess, I am an addicted to THIS:

 I think they should be called “chunks of heaven” instead of “chunks of energy.” Pictured above is my favorite of those offered at my local health food store: raw goji berry cacao. They can be quite expensive. So, in the spirit of DIY, today was my first attempt at makin’ my own. I looked up a few recipes online, went to the store, and absolutely winged it. From the recipes I looked at, it didn’t matter what kinds of nuts, seeds, sweeteners, or sticky stuff you used, just that the right consistency and taste was achieved. Below you can see most of the ingredients I chose: raw slivered almonds (they’re cheaper by the pound than whole, and I was going to process them anyway), raw sunflower seeds, sunflower butter, dates and vegan chocolate.

I used Endangered Species Chocolate Intense Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs. 

Chocolate was eaten, and then the creation began… 

First, I soaked my dates in about a quarter cup of water while I tossed, not measuring at all, approximately 2 cups sunflower seeds, 1 cup slivered almonds, ¼ cup chia seeds,

 

about 3 Tablespoons fresh-ground flax meal (which I keep in the freezer), 2 Tablespoons honey, 4 Tablespoons sunflower butter, about half the bar of chocolate, then tossed in the soaked dates and water. Blend! I had to stir it around with a spatula a few times because it was very thick. Adjust with water or honey or sunflower butter for proper consistency as needed.

More processing…

Then I plopped it out of the food processor into an 8″ x 8″ pan,

squished it down, and because I also love cinnamon (and it is an anti-inflammatory), I sprinkled some on top. Then I put it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up. 

A short time later, I sliced and popped them out of the pan. They turned out delicious! The consistency was little less dense than the commercial chunks, but stuck together just fine. They tasted really good too, but next time I think I will add more chocolate!

Since I’m running the Monument Avenue 10K tomorrow, these will be a perfect post-run high-protein snack! I didn’t do a cost analysis on this, but, as you can see, my recipe made a lot! I’m pretty sure I saved money.

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6 comments on “Homemade Chunks of Energy

  1. Fantastic blog! Really looking forward to future posts 🙂

    • malrae
      March 26, 2013

      Thanks Brandon! I appreciate the encouragement!

  2. Yay for DIY! Did you compare costs to see if these were less expensive? I’m curious. Most folks find that the originals are less expensive, unless you get ALL of your ingredients on sale. I’d be happy to be proven otherwise though.

    I love the addition of cinnamon on top! It is a great & delicious anti-inflammatory and makes it look very fancy.

    • malrae
      March 26, 2013

      Hi Chunks of Energy! I did not to do the math to compare costs. I make them a little different each time, depending on what’s on sale or what I have in the house and for variety! I enjoy making things fresh myself as well. Where I live now, it’s not easy to find a health food store that caries original chunks of energy either, unfortunately. Thanks for the great product!

    • patricia
      June 3, 2013

      Great blog. We are thinking of trying to make our own Chunks of Energy too. Totally addicted to them and a very expensive habit! I noticed you used honey and chocolate with sugar. I believe the original recipe does not have any sugar. Have you tried it without sugar?
      thanks,
      patricia

      • malrae
        June 4, 2013

        Patricia,

        I haven’t tried to make them without sugar yet. If I made them again, I might try using raw cacao with honey or maybe even stevia. Good luck and let me know if you try it.

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This entry was posted on March 30, 2012 by in Gluten-Free, potluck, raw, vegan and tagged , , , .

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