Apricot Almond Buckwheat Energy Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup buckwheat groats, soaked overnight
- ½ cup flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- ⅔ cup raw almond
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon non dairy milk
- 1 cup almond butter (sub cashew or peanut)
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Soak one cup of buckwheat groats in 3ish cups of water overnight. When ready to make your energy bars, drain and rinse the buckwheat groats thoroughly.
- In a large bowl combine your oats, buckwheat groats, flaxseed meal, apricots, golden raisins, raw almonds, chia seeds, and salt. Mix well.
- In a blender or food processor, combine your pitted medjool dates and 1 tablespoon of non dairy milk until it is soft and gooey.
- Add this date mixture to your bowl of dry goods, along with the almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Mix until everything this well combined and sticky.
- Line a 9x12 (or slightly larger) sheet pan with parchment paper. Spoon your mixture into the sheet pan and use a separate sheet of parchment paper to press down on the mixture and smooth it out into the sheet pan.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
- Take out of the freezer, slice into 12-16 bars and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
- EAT UP.
Throw away your scale. Please. For the love of all that is good an pure, you just don’t need it. Because weight has very little to do with health. And I’d rather see a culture that prides itself on the amount of healthy people it has, rather than the amount of skinny people. Honestly, that mentality might change the obesity epidemic in America. (But that’s a tangent for another day.)
I want to make sure you know I’m not talking about the “weight doesn’t matter” idea you see preached on instagram from fitness trainers. You know, where you see one picture of them unhealthily skinny, one picture of them looking like a normal human, and one photo where they hit the gym and gained a million layers of muscle – and then they tell you that they weigh the most in the muscle picture. ‘Cause, you know, “weight doesn’t matter and muscle weighs more than fat.” Ugh no. I’m not talking about that kind of weight doesn’t matter.
I’m talking about the fact that if you put me in a spin class with a scoreboard I will come in one of the top 5 spots, and I will beat some of the men’s scores. (Humble brag.) This is a fact. I am a strong, fit, healthy human. And I also have fat around my stomach and arms that jiggle, and thighs with cellulite. These are also facts. And they are not signs that I am not healthy. In fact there was a time where I worked really hard to be 20ish pounds thinner than I am now, eating a handful of almonds in between workouts instead of Apricot Almond Buckwheat Energy Bars. And guess what? I still had fat around my stomach and arms that jiggle and thighs with cellulite. AND(!) I still wasn’t happy with my body. I had to like my body completely unrelated to the weight that I am. No amount of weight on or off was going to make it better. I had to start liking me. I had to stop seeing my weight and start seeing my strength.
I don’t mean body builder kind of strength. No, I think seeing your strength often means valuing your inner strengths: maybe you’re really great at organizing, or maybe you’re a really good friend, or maybe you are super smart, or have a great memory, or can paint like VanGogh. Whatever it is, those are strengths too. Real strengths that are so much more important than your weight. Your life worth should not be reduced to a number on a scale. THERE ARE SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE. Especially right now. Go to a dang protest, or hug a stranger, or make up an interpretive dance to express your anger. THOSE are important things to do with your body. Those things have nothing to do with your weight. But they will add to your inner strength. So eat the dang energy bars, you’re gonna need em, and go out into the world and DO SOMETHING with your real strengths. And for goodness sakes, throw away your scale.