If your get up and go got up and went (Schoolhouse Rock reference– anybody? :)), I hanker for one of these goji bars.
After a long run, or frankly, just a long day, I need a serious dose of carbohydrates to refuel or else I risk terrorizing the city. Anyone else get that hungry? It’s far too easy to reach for something starchy or bread-y, so it’s doubly important for me to keep some healthy snacks on hand to tame my hunger beast and pump me up for the next round of activities. Like a swim. Or dishes. Perhaps driving a pack of 10-year-olds to summer camp.
Enter my no-bake goji-cashew energy bars. High in fiber, fruit-sweetened, and seriously tasty (buttery cashews, caramel-like dates, exotic goji berries), they fit the I-need-carbs-now-or-someone-is going-to-get-hurt requirements to a T.
Have you tried goji berries? If not, this is a simple way to experiment with their flavor, and (as I note below), you only need a small portion. Native to Tibet, gojis have gotten a good deal of buzz in recent years because they are considered to be one of the most nutrient dense fruits in the world. For example, they have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit, are packed with vitamin C, have fifteen times the amount of iron found in spinach, and areantioxidant powerhouses.
I like them as an option for dried fruit in general because they are relatively low in sugar for dried fruit, plus they have a unique earthy, fruity flavor. Nevertheless, please feel free to make these pucks with other dried fruit, or perhaps cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips; why the heck not).
One of my tricks for keeping these bars frugal, lean and pretty, too, is to make the stir-ins (in this case, cashews and goji berries) press-ins. You get the visual appeal of star ingredients sitting right on top, it’s easier to ensure those same ingredients in every bites, and you can keep the quantities to a minimum (cheap and lean!). You can use this technique for cookies and bars of all kinds (it’s especially handy with chocolate chips).
Enjoy the energy!