This chocolate goji berry bars recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for nutrition and healthy eating on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
Whether you need a pick-me-up or a post-workout snack, homemade energy bars are the perfect solution. These chocolate goji berry bars are made with nutritional superstars like goji berries and pistachios for a boost of health benefits in every satisfying bite. Topped with a thin layer of dark chocolate, they are a healthy treat that the whole family will love. Mine sure did!
Made with goji berries, each bar is loaded with protective nutrients. Known for their remarkable source of antioxidants, goji berries are recognized as the ‘anti-aging fruit.’ In fact, goji berries contain even higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates. They also provide 170 percent of the daily recommended value for vitamin A and are considered a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids. A good source of fiber and 21 trace minerals, goji berries are truly a powerhouse of health benefits. Aside from energy bars, I have added goji berries to smoothies and trail mixes. They’re also a delicious treat to enjoy plain and I sometimes add them to my kids’ school lunches.
For these chocolate goji berry bars, I used almond butter although you can use any nut or seed butter that you like. Sunflower, cashew or peanut butter would also work well. The same goes for the nuts. Choose your favorite varieties or mix it up each time you make a new batch. Nuts lend a boost of protein, fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats to the recipe.
The addition of a puffed cereal will supply extra crunch and great texture to the bars. Although I used puffed rice cereal that I already had on-hand, these quinoa puffs would give your bars an extra boost of protein.
For a post-workout snack, you might even choose to add a scoop of hemp protein powder. I love that I can control the kinds of ingredients that go into my energy bars. Plus, they’re so easy-to-make and don’t require any time in the oven. My kids love to help out whenever I make energy bars. It’s a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy together!
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.