Lime & Coconut Energy Bars

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We all know that we shouldn’t but sometimes there is nothing better than satisfying that 3pm sweet tooth craving with a tasty snack, right?

I used to snack on ‘healthy’ protein bars that I thought were okay to have in my diet but this was way before I started to properly research the foods that were going into my body. Back then I ate whatever I saw the fit girls of Instagram seemingly munching on day after day not taking into account the rest of their diets & workout regime, not to mention the possibility they may just have great genetics! This was until I actively studied the ingredient list and realised I couldn’t pronounce half of them, let alone know what they were.

These days I’d much rather invest a bit more time and make my own actual healthy snack bars.
However, when I am running low on time I head straight to the health food section of my local supermarkets and buy a scrumptious Nakd bar from my local shop – which you can also buy online here – in case you were wondering Chocolate Orange is my particular favourite!

When I do have time, I love to get creative with my own combinations – usually using some form of nut & dates as my base and whatever other ingredients I have in my cupboard.

The inspiration for todays recipe came when I visited America for the first time earlier this year.
Whilst there I nagged my fellow travellers to take a trip with me to wholefoods (& various other health food stores) in order to stock up on some healthy snack bars I’ve been longing to try but which we unfortunately don’t get in the U.K. Naturally hunting down some Quest bars was top of my list but whilst I was there I also discovered the ‘Larabar’ (which are actually pretty similar to the Nakd bars we get here) but as usual with America there was a lot more variety, they had some tempting flavours such as PB&J, chocolate chip brownie & key lime pie. It was actually driving back from Key West, munching on a Key Lime Larabar (when in Rome) that I thought – why don’t I just make my own back home?!?

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To make my version at home you will need:

1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Cashews
1 cup dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut
Zest of 2 small limes
Juice of 1 lime

– Put nuts into blender & pulse until chopped into small pieces
– Add your dates, coconut & lime zest and do the same
– Add your lime juice and continue to pulse until ingredients bind together
– You can then either roll the mix up into energy balls or (like above) form into bars
– You will then need to put the bars into the fridge for around 2 hours to allow to set.

Enjoy & as always, let me know in the comments below what you think of them or tag me in your creations on Instagram @mybigfitdiary_

Alison x

P.S – I’m now on twitter as @mybigfitdiary

 

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