Tahini Almond Butter Beet Bars

Honestly, with the amount of beets that I consume each week it is kind of hard to imagine that I used to despise them, BUT I don't think I gave them a fair chance, cooked them correctly, nor truly looked into how amazing they are for your body, especially if you are an athlete or just work out a fair amount! Once I started dipping them into cashew cheese (trust me), adding them into tacos, or making these crispy roasted beet chips a few times a week or even these mint chocolate coconut beet bites, I've been addicted. Over this past summer I ate my weight in beets because they were so abundant at the farmers market, so I decided to make another recipe to share with you all using beets, but this time, I am using beet powder, from Love Beets! This is actually, the same beet powder that I used to make the mint chocolate coconut beet bites

I wanted to make a snack recipe for many reasons; snacks are a huge part of my meal prepping each week because I always need something healthy/substantial or on the go while I am in between yoga classes, taking workout classes myself or something to hold me over until my next meal. Also, Fall can be a transition month for many of us, we might be traveling more, the holiday stress, starting school, working more, or simply adjusting to a new workout routine as we head into the colder months and in that case you might need to adapt your eating schedule to fit those needs; i.e be prepared with more nutritious and filling snacks! 

So, what is so great about beets?! 

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For starters, this powder from Love Beets is made from 100% beets and has zero grams of added sugar! Just 1 tablespoon is equal to 3 beets! I actually love adding this powder into my chocolate smoothies, sprinkling it on top of salad, or even adding it into my pesto; the taste isnโ€™t over powering and it is so versatile! Love Beets has a section on their website with all the benefits of beets that you can check out here, but one of the things that I love about beets is that they can help increase exercise and stamina performance! So, they can help with improving blood and oxygen flow to your tired, overworked, or just sore muscles; this is because they are rich in nitrates! This is exactly what you want when you are working out - relax blood vessels and let blood flow more freely to your working muscles! Therefore, you can exercise longer or simply more efficiently!! They also are high in iron which is great for anyone who might suffer from fatigue; i.e. anyone that might be hitting the gym hard, training for a long race, teaching many fitness classes, or just walks all over the city for their workout! This powder makes it so easy to add it into your everyday routine; few scoops into your smoothies, energy bites, or these bars and your good to go! 


These bars are also loaded with almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts (great for fiber, magnesium, selenium, healthy fats), tahini, almond butter chia seeds, oats, and of course Love Beets that adds just a touch of sweetness to the bars. I didn't add any sweetener to the bar because as you know I don't have the biggest sweet tooth, but feel free to add (see directions below!) These have been great before a workout without weighing me down, especially before yoga when you need juuuust a little something before class yet not too much or you've just made the worst decision OR it makes a perfect little snack after to hold you over on your ride home until you can make yourself breakfast or lunch! They are salty, a little sweet, crunchy, and each bite is filled with nuts, coconut and cocoa nibs! They are perfect, to me!  

Snacks:
Yields:
Prep time: 10 minutes
Freezer time: 1-2 hours to settle, or overnight! 

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What you need:

3/4 cup gluten free oats
4 tbsp. chia seeds
1 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 1/2 cups of almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts*
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 1/2 tbsp. Love Beets Powder
1 tbsp. cinnamon
few pinches of sea salt
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup almond butter (crunchy or creamy works, less oily the better) 
3 tbsp. sweetener of choice IF needed; maple syrup, honey etc. (see notes) 
Dark chocolate for topping. 

What you need to do:

1. In your food processor blend together the shredded coconut for 10 minutes. Almost as if you were going to make coconut butter! While that is blending...

2. In a large mixing bowl add: the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao nibs, sea salt, Love Beets powder. Mix. 

3. Add the coconut to the large mixing bowl and give it a good mix. 

4. To the same mixing bowl, add the tahini, almond butter, and sweetener of choice if using. Mix until well combined. *At this point I actually found it easier to add everything back into the food processor, including the nuts, to combine with a few pulses. If you do this, do not over pulse or mix as it will become too liquid-y. 

5. In a lined 8x8 pan with parchment paper (paper overflowing the sides) add the mix! Press down firmly and let it set in the freezer for 1 hour or so, or over night! 

6. Melt your favorite chocolate, I used 100% dark chocolate and drizzle over before cutting into squares. You can also melt the chocolate and drizzle it before you place the mix into the freezer. I did it after. 

NOTES:

1. I kept mine in the freezer even after cutting as I found that it kept the shape better. If you are taking these to work, school, or traveling they will be fine! They will be on the softer side and will start to melt a bit, but not fall apart. If you are worried about this, and can't keep them on the colder side for longer, I would add 4-5 dates in the blender with all of the ingredients and they will hold their shape and each bite will still be low in sugar, just do not use the liquid sweetener! 

2. Any nut butter will work! I would stick with something that isn't oily as the bars will melt faster. 

3. For the nut mixture, I just added in handfuls of each until it totaled 1.5 cups. You can also use any nuts you would like or seeds too! You can easily make these bars nut free, but using all seeds and sunflower seed butter! 

4. For the sweetener. I would stick with using dates to keep bind them together a bit more. If you are using a liquid sweetener, I would then adjust the nut butter and tahini ratio because they will be a bit too soft. I would suggest 1/2 cup almond butter, 1/4 cup tahini (or vice versa) then sweetener or choice. If you are using dates, keep the ratio the same as in directions. 

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