Simple recipe, minimal bowls, minimal mess, and packed full of delicious flavors. These bars are my second attempt……AND successful attempt at a raw diet recipe. They are a perfect treat to power up before, or after a work-out, or for your afternoon snack. Time to fuel-up with these Raw Fruit and Nut Bars with Organic Matcha Green Tea!
This recipe was inspired by Fragrant Vanilla Cake’s Raw Matcha Energy Bars. Her blog is one of my favorites, she shares gorgeous raw diet recipes. I made a few changes to the original recipe, so now you have two delicious options!
One ingredient I definitely had available, Kiss Me Organics – Organic Matcha Green Tea. I do enjoy frozen matcha green tea drinks, but I have never baked with the ingredient. This week I will be sharing two different recipes that will incorporate the Matcha green tea.
There are so many health benefits to green tea, it is full of antioxidants, it’s a fat burner, energy booster, and it promotes relaxation & well-being! All pretty fabulous reasons to enjoy this lovely treat! The green tea is wonderful in baked treats, and smoothies, without any bitter tea flavor.
My future kitchen toy will be a food dehydrator now that I am exploring the raw diet. These bars are a raw recipe, but I have not invested in a food dehydrator yet. So when you dry out the bars, I set my gas stove to warm, which is around 150 to 200 degrees F. So this recipe is not a true raw recipe, unless you own a dehydrator which will only heat your food to 118 F. You could also just chill the bars without drying them out, they may be a little sticky. You could add more oats to reduce how sticky the bars will be. Whatever way you choose, I guarantee you will love this recipe!
15 minPrep Time
90 minCook Time
1 hr, 45 Total Time
Preheat oven to warm (for gas that is 150 to 200 degrees F, or set to 118 degrees if available.) Or use your food dehydrator that will set to 118 degrees F.
Grease 9x9 inch pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
In food processor - mix together maple syrup, dried figs, salt, and mashed banana. Then add vanilla extract, almond butter, shredded coconut, and ground flaxseed, and mix well in food processor. Next add matcha green tea, coconut sugar, chia seeds, and oats. Pulse all ingredients together well.
With spoon, fold in the blueberry craisins and chocolate chunks.
Pour ingredients in greased pan and spread out evenly.
Place in oven to dry out ingredients for about 1 1/2 hours depending on oven, and setting of oven.
If you have food dehydrator, place ingredients on food dehydrator plate, and dry out ingredients at 118 degrees F.
Keep in refrigerator.
*Disclaimer* I received the Matcha Green Tea from Kiss Me Organics, the thoughts and opinions are all my own.