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4 Ingredient Energy Bars

Orla Walsh, RD
Orla Walsh, RD
Orla Walsh is a Registered Dietitian, owner of Orla Walsh Nutrition, former performance nutritionist to the Irish Olympic team and regular contributor for the Irish Independent newspaper, RTE and Newstalk FM.
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Recent research in Ireland shows that 65% of women (and about 1 in 2 women & men) did not meet the recommended adequate intake for selenium, so I came up with this recipe using selenium rich Brazil nuts to help plug this nutrient gap. Selenium has oodles of roles in the body from;

  • production of sperm (& male fertility),
  • maintenance of healthy hair and nails,
  • supporting the immune system,
  • Helping to achieve thyroid function,
  • Protecting cells from oxidative stress.

Also, when you’re deprived of adequate sleep you tend to crave more sugar, enjoy eating it more AND are hungrier. With 3 kids, the youngest being 4y, and each of them often waking at night, here I am trying to give my body what it’s asking for coupled with what research suggests I need! 

Plus, utensils are dishwasher proof and I’ve made the process quicker by making bars instead of energy balls. Efficiency is guaranteed with my recipes.

Ingredients

  • 400g dates
  • 200g Brazil nuts
  • 4 dsp peanut butter
  • 2 scoops of chocolate whey.

How to make them

  • Place everything into a processor.
  • Blend. Use a little water (just a drop) if needed (too dry).
  • Squish into a tin covered with parchment. Cover the top of the mixture with parchment, and using your hand squish the mixture down until it’s flattened.
  • (you can use this technique with any energy ball recipes. Turning energy balls into energy bars saves time, and is less messy)
  • Place in the fridge to set.
  • Slice into squares and store in a box in the fridge.

Nutritional Information

Makes 25

125kcal and 4g protein for one square

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