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Chocolate and hazelnut energy bars (raw vegan, gluten free, sugar-free) - Μπάρες ενέργειας με σοκολάτα και φουντούκι χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan in Athens

Chocolate and hazelnut energy bars (sugar-free)

Well, today I decided to make these delicious, vegan, chocolaty energy, hazelnut bars because I was seriously hungry. I don’t know if it happens to everyone or it’s just me, but as far as I can remember, during winter I add at least an extra snack in my daily menu since, when the weather is getting colder, my appetite increases. Sometimes I tried to avoid eating this extra thing, in order to keep my calorie intake balanced but eventually the hunger was coming unannounced and when I wasn’t organized properly, I was ending up eating anything available. At home it was not so difficult to choose some fruits and nuts, but at work I would choose between chocolates, crackers and pretzels, ending up with 2 more pounds until the end of the winter even if I was trying to eat healthy. However lately I try to organize better my snacks firstly by preparing them at home.

Chocolate and hazelnut energy bars (raw vegan, gluten free, sugar-free) - Μπάρες ενέργειας με σοκολάτα και φουντούκι χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan in Athens

A delightful idea for snacking are these homemade vegan energy bars made with cereals and nuts, as they are filling and easy to carry in my bag. What I like most is that, apart from keeping me full, they also provide a sufficient amount of essential omega-3 fatty acids that are found in the flaxseeds. Besides their sweet taste, thanks to the raisins, especially when combined with cocoa and hazelnuts give the sense of a yummy, chewy dessert rather than a snack, although the recipe is sugar-free. As these chocolaty energy bars only take few minutes to prepare, you can make a batch in advance for snacking during week! In this recipe I love to roast the nuts for a while in the oven in order to highlight their wonderful aroma, but you can also skip this step to keep your energy bars 100% raw.

Chocolate and hazelnut energy bars (raw vegan, gluten free, sugar-free) - Μπάρες ενέργειας με σοκολάτα και φουντούκι χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (150 g) raisins
  • 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup (30-35 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts, divided (¼ + ¼)
  • 1 tbsp water (if necessary)

Chocolate and hazelnut energy bars (raw vegan, gluten free, sugar-free) - Μπάρες ενέργειας με σοκολάτα και φουντούκι χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan in Athens

Method

1. Soak the raisins in water for fifteen minutes and drain well. Bake hazelnuts for fifteen minutes at 150 oC, allow them cool slightly and rub them with your hands to remove the brown outer skins. Some skins may remain, but that’s fine as long as most of them are removed as they may make your bars taste bitter.
2. Put the raisins in the food processor and process for 2-3 minutes until mashed. Add the oats, flaxseeds,  ¼ cup hazelnuts and the cocoa powder and keep processing. If your mixture is not consistent enough, add a spoonful of water and process for one more minute.
3. Lay a medium-sized (21x11x6), rectangular cake tin with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture in the tin, press with your hands to the bottom and flatten the surface. Finely chop the remaining hazelnuts, sprinkle them on top and press them a little bit to stick. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
4. Remove the mixture from the tin and cut vertically. My cake tin is 21 cm long so I made three centimeters long cuts, ending up with seven bars. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Chocolate and hazelnut energy bars (raw vegan, gluten free, sugar-free) - Μπάρες ενέργειας με σοκολάτα και φουντούκι χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan in Athens

Note: This time instead of ¼ cup hazelnuts, I used the same amount of raw cacao nibs to top my bars for a more intense chocolate experience.

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Cocoa, seeds, strawberry and banana breakfast smoothie bowl - Πρωινό σμούθι με κακάο, λιναρόσπορο, σπόρους chia, μπανάνα και φράουλες - Veganinathens.com

Chocolate breakfast smoothie bowl (raw, vegan and gluten free)

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I like to have plenty of options when it’s time for it! However for me, breakfast has to be rich in nutrients, healthy and hearty, first of all because when I wake up I’m very hungry and second because the hours that follow it, are the most demanding of the day as I have to go to work and do thousands of things before and after it.

One of the meals I often have for breakfast is this chocolate smoothie because it’s absolutely delicious! Additionally it’s made of 100 % raw, unprocessed ingredients, it has a light and creamy mousse -like texture, it’s rich in nutrients, vitamins and beneficial omega – 3 fatty acids as well as fibers that keep me full for hours after consuming it.

Especially after my morning workout when I am even hungrier, I garnish my smoothie bowl with plenty of cereals, fruits and nuts.

Cocoa, seeds, strawberry and banana breakfast smoothie bowl - Πρωινό σμούθι με κακάο, λιναρόσπορο, σπόρους chia, μπανάνα και φράουλες - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, peeled
  • ½ cup water or vegan milk or vegan kefir
  • 1 tsp raw carob powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tbsp blond raisins or 1-2 dates
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup strawberries (4-5)
  • 1 tsp wheat grass powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

For garnish

Granola, strawberries, banana slices, kiwi slices, nuts

 

Cocoa, seeds, strawberry and banana breakfast smoothie bowl - Πρωινό σμούθι με κακάο, λιναρόσπορο, σπόρους chia, μπανάνα και φράουλες - Veganinathens.com

Method

  1. The night before or at least half an hour before breakfast, mix the seeds in a bowl with ½ cup of water or vegan milk of your choice and leave in the refrigerator to soak. I usually soak my seeds overnight because they soften and thus add a wonderful, creamy texture to my smoothie smoothie.
  2. Put the seeds with the liquid in the blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend at high speed until a thick cream has been formed. In my blender (which is a regular one) it doesn’t take more than 1-2 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately and garnish with breakfast cereals, fruits and nuts of your choice.

 

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Beet and strawberry smoothie - Σμούθι με παντζάρι και φράουλες - Veganinathens.com

Beet and strawberry smoothie

Making smoothies is a fantastic and easy way to… drink your vegetables! Although I am a person who loves eating raw salads and I try to have at least one big green salad daily, sometimes I just don’t have the time or maybe the only thing I want to do is to have a refreshing smoothie and relax on the couch.

Vegans should consume even more green leafy vegetables in order to fulfill their daily needs in several vitamins and minerals such as calcium. So, if you aren’t exactly a “green salad” person or you want to reassure that you consume enough greens, one or two green smoothies daily could be a wise and definitely healthy choice.

Since red is my favorite color, today for my smoothie I used a whole beet (root and greens) blended with some fresh, fragrant strawberries. Beet greens are actually the most nutrient-dense part of the plant since they are rich in minerals such as calcium and vitamins, while beet roots give their subtle sweet taste together with considerable amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In order to make my energizing smoothie even more nutritious I added some flaxseeds and 2-3 medjool dates for their sweet taste. Beyond its great taste, this smoothie can serve as a nutritious and filling snack between meals.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw beetroot peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup tender beet greens, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2-3 dates or 2-3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed

Method

  1. Wash the dates or raisins, remove the seeds, soak them in ¾ cup of water for half an hour or more and keep the water for using it in the recipe. If you have a really powerful blender you can skip soaking and add all the ingredients in the container.
  2. Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend at high speed for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.

Note: If you like frozen smoothies, put the strawberries in the freezer for at least two hours and use cold water or maybe some ice cubes.

 

 

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