Black Bean Energy Bars

These are a great standby for the lunch box or snack bag, and are completely adaptable. Baked apples or other soft fruit can substitute for the peach, and avocado, seed/nut butter, or any other “binder” can substitute for the butternut squash. Have fun, and let me know how you tweak this recipe!

Ingredients
1 ½ cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup cooked butternut squash
¼ cup honey
¼ cup ripe peach
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups of oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup chia
1/4 cup dried figs, sliced
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Instructions
In a food processor, combine beans, squash, honey, peach, extract, spice, and salt until smooth. Add the oats and dry base ingredients and pulse just to combine. Add stir-ins and pulse again just to combine. It should be a spreadable consistency. If it’s too dry, add 1/4 cup of water; if it’s too runny, add an additional 1/4 cup of oats.

Grease 13×9 pan with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread mixture into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Once cooled, slice into 16-18 bars, depending on your size preference.

Nutrition Information
These bars are low in cholesterol and sodium, while being a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, magnesium and phosphorus; and a very good source of Manganese. Estimated Glycemic Load: 12. Click here for complete nutritional details for this recipe.