Black Bean Energy Bars

Most people lead busy lives and end up eating packaged convenience foods more often than we like. Energy bars are packed with vitamins, minerals and macronutrients. The store bought ones may contain a lot of sugar and other unhealthy substitutes. However, if you can make your own bars, then you know exactly what goes into these delicious DIY bars. It’s just the fuel your body needs when you feel tired or have trouble focusing.

The antioxidants, fibre, protein and carbohydrates in black beans make them nutritionally powerful. A diet rich in beans can reduce your risk of various medical conditions and help your body to process calories more effectively.IMG-20201201-WA0003

The ingredients used to make these bars are a powerhouse of antioxidants. Cocoa, dark chocolate, coconut nectar, banana chips and almonds are all included in these nutritious bars. They don’t take much time to make if you’re using canned beans. Since this option wasn’t available for me, I soaked the beans overnight and cooked them. I still found it very easy to make. Just blend all the ingredients and shape into bars. They store very well in the fridge. I kept mine for up to three weeks, though it’s best to wrap them individually. This recipe has been adapted from http://www.livestrong.com.

PREP:  30 minutes (If you have to cook the beans)

Ingredients

11/2 cups cooked black beans

3/4 cup natural banana chips

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup raisins

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut nectar

1/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup almonds, chopped finely

2 tbsp almond meal

Instructions

Sprinkle the almond meal over the bottom of a 9×9 inch cake pan.

Drain and rinse the beans if you’re using canned beans. Otherwise, soak the beans overnight and drain the water. Rinse and boil in fresh water until they are completely cooked.

Blend the oats until fine,

Blend beans, banana chips, cocoa powder, raisins, vanilla and coconut nectar in a food processor until smooth. Add the oatmeal, chocolate chips and flaxseed and process until the mixture is blended and forms a dough. Add the chopped almonds and mix well. Press the mixture on the cake pan and chill for two hours until firm.

Cut into 12 bars and wrap each bar individually in waxed paper. Refrigerate in a closed container for up to 2-3 weeks or freeze up to a month.

Liebster Award Nomination

Hello everybody. I was so excited to know that my blog A Hint of Spice has been nominated for the Liebster Award by a fellow food blogger The Journey & Destination. I am really honoured to be nominated – it’s a great motivator obviously. A great, big thank you for nominating me. The Journey & Destination’s blog features amazing food from Starbucks and other cafes and dessert bars and also focuses on delicious food from different parts of the world. There are interesting posts on travel and lifestyle – https://thejourneyndestination.com. The author of the blog explains that the journey and destination are equally important to him.

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The Liebster Award is a great way to connect with the blogging community and to promote not only one’s own blog but also others’ blogs as well. The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and share a link of their blog on your blog.
  2. Answer the five creative questions given to you.
  3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life.
  4. Nominate other blogs.
  5. Create five unique questions for your nominees.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs nominated by you.

Here are the questions that were presented to me and my answers.

1. What is your most memorable post in your blog?

The most memorable post in my blog is a cake that I made recently – Strawberry Meringue Cake. I just love that it has all my favourite foods together – cake, strawberries, meringue and cream in one bite! It was easy to make and looked spectacular and these two things are very important for me.

2. What is your most favourite place that you’ve visited in the world?

Of all the Asian countries I visited, my visit to Singapore in 2008 was very memorable. I loved the cosmopolitan feel of the island. The people were friendly. I was with my family and we had planned our trip. We had breakfast with the chimpanzees at the zoo and visited all the popular tourist attractions. We also did a lot of shopping (obviously). The famous Raffles Hotel was quite charming. I have a bucket list of places I want to see. I hope to travel to the West soon.

3. What is your favourite cuisine?

My favourite cuisine is Indian. Italian comes a very close second. I like to experiment with spices and Italian cuisine pairs beautifully with Indian spices.

4. Which do you prefer, sweet or savoury food?

Sweet of course! I love all things sugary and sweet – just can’t resist it.

5. Which spice do you use the most when cooking?

That’s a very interesting question. The spices I use most are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, pepper, coriander, red chillies, turmeric and fennel seeds. It depends on the dish I’m making. I’m also very partial to Black Stone Flower which is a kind of lichen that grows on trees. It’s a taste and aroma like no other – absolutely unique.

What Motivates Me In Life

I set goals and work towards achieving them. I have some future plans and a legacy that I would like to leave behind. These really motivate me to take up new projects in order to fulfill those ambitions. I think about this every day.

As far as people are concerned, kindness and compassion for others is what motivates me. The love and acceptance of family is very important.

Faith in my abilities, gratitude and an unswerving belief that the universe is going to make things alright is what keeps me going.

My Nominees for the Award

Tastes of health

The gastronomy gal

Michelles crazy busy life

Vivienne’s Foodie Diary

Into the light adventures

Questions for the nominees

  1. What inspires you?
  1. Three motto’s in your life are…..
  2. What is your favourite comfort food?
  1. What beverage do you like the most?
  1. Which is your favourite city?

I would like to acknowledge the support and friendship of all the people who have visited my blog A Hint of Spice. It’s great to know that there are so many people who love food. It’s an inspiration to do better and be more creative. A huge thank you to everyone.

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