These gluten free and whole grain teff energy bars are loaded with delicious flavour! There’s teff, almond flour, chia seeds, walnuts and chocolate for a touch of sweetness. It’s a treat you can feel happy about eating. An energy bar never tasted so delicious!
How did the weekend treat ya? Did you watch the big game? See all the commercials that cost a small fortune to air? Tune into half time? Eat all the snacks?
What did you think of that half time show with Lady Gaga? Holy moly! Does she have energy! What a show!
After watching, I was seriously tired and pumped up at that same time.
So if you gorged a small bit yesterday, you may wanna flip the switch and go for some healthier snacks. These teff energy bars will do the trick. They’re made with whole grain teff, but have a bit of chocolate so that’s a fair compromise, don’t ya think?
These teff bars are a huge hit in our home. Hubby and I love ’em and hope you do too!
Why We Love Teff Energy Bars
- The prep time takes minutes so they are awesome for meal prep for the week ahead. I like to make a batch on Sunday for easy grab and go breakfasts or snacks
- They are gluten free
- You can make vegan, by using vegan chocolate
- They have extra (natural) sweetness from maple syrup and dates
- Of course, they taste delicious!
What is Teff Anyway?
So, what the heck is teff ? This whole grain goodness only came into my world as of late. I was flipping through Ricardo magazine and they had a little section saying how teff is the new super grain.
You know how every now and then a food ‘trends’? Sometimes it’s kale, sometimes it’s cauliflower. Well, I thought, better not miss that train. I’m often late to the party, but not to this one!
Teff is an ancient grain originating from Ethiopia. It’s grains are super tiny, even smaller than chia seeds. Even though they’re small, they’re mighty!
Teff, to me, is mild in flavour and has a slight nutty taste. When used in this teff energy bars, it gives a lovely bite.
Teff adds a great texture these energy bars. Check it out…
How to Make Teff Energy Bars
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- In a food processor add dates, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut oil and salt. Blend until it comes together like a paste.
- Next, add teff, almond flour and chia seeds. Blend.
- Finally, add chocolate chips and walnut and blend until just combined. Don’t overblend and lose the texture in your walnuts. Mixture will be kinda sandy, but moist.
- Pour mixture into parchment paper lined casserole dish. Press down hard to pack in the mixture. Use your hand or the bottom of a measuring cup.
- Bake in a preheated oven on 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.
- Carefully remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Place in fridge for a couple hours (or to be speedy, freeze for a 20 minutes) before cutting into bars.
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- Use pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or flax seeds instead of chia
- Omit the chocolate and try dried cranberries
- Sweeten with honey instead of maple syrup (though, it won’t be vegan)
- Try peanut butter instead of almond butter
If you enjoy these homemade teff energy bars, you may enjoy these no bake granola bars
Hope you love these teff energy bars as much as we do!
If you make these teff energy bars, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed! Thank you!
Teff Energy Bars
- 2 cups dates , pitted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup teff
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips (vegan chips if you want a vegan version)
- 1 cup walnuts , roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a food processor combine dates, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut oil and salt and blend until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add teff, almond flour and chia seeds and blend until combined.
- Add dark chocolate chips and walnuts and blend until combined. Don’t overblend and lose texture in your walnuts.
- In a parchment lined baking dish (I used a 8" x 11" dish), place parchment paper.
- FIRMLY PRESS mixture evenly down into dish and bake for about 30 minutes. Important – Let cool for about 2 hours before placing in fridge to cool for about 2 hours before cutting into bars (use sharp knife to cut into bars). Store in fridge.
- Cut into 12 or 24 pieces. Enjoy!
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.