Sweet Potato Energy Bars

 I came up with these low-fat, low-sugar, and high-carb, full of whole plant foods because I needed something like a protein bar to eat before lifting. I needed a portable high-carb snack, without all the added junk you typically find in commercial bars.

I came up with these low-fat, low-sugar, and high-carb, full of whole plant foods because I needed something like a protein bar to eat before lifting. I needed a portable high-carb snack, without all the added junk you typically find in commercial bars.

 

 Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup banana flour
2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp ground flax seed + 2.5 tbsp water
15 dates blended with 1/2 cup water (for low sugar option, add a few drops of stevia, or 1 tbsp lucuma powder)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanila extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamon

Alternate Banana-Sweetened Recipe:

1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes
1 overripe banana
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp nutmeg
 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

2. Poke holes in sweet potato with fork or knife and warp in aluminum foil. Place in oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour. 

3. Once potato is cooked, you can either remove the skin or leave it on. In a large bowl, mash the potato with a fork, add the remaining ingredients and mix together.

4.  Line 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper and use a spatula to spread mixture out evenly. 

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.