I started adding spirulina to my daily smoothies about a month ago after reading a post in the CMN private Facebook group. A lady shared her experience with having low iron levels while she was pregnant with twins. Her doctor put her on iron supplements which didn't work at all. It wasn't until she started adding spirulina to her diet that her iron levels increased to normal after only 2 weeks. How awesome is that! :)
Spirulina is an algae that grows naturally in lakes and oceans. It is dried and then presented to us in a super concentrated powdered form that I love adding to smoothies or use in raw treats.
The spirulina energy bars below are such a yummy way to start using this amazing superfood into your diet. I happily snack away on these bars knowing that spirulina is packed full of:
- Protein with all essential aminio acids making it a complete protein source.
- Vitamins such as the B vitamin group, C, D, A and E all of which are super important for optimal functioning of your body.
- Iron - making it perfect for vegetarians, vegans or if you are pregnant.
- Chlorophyll - a powerful antioxidant known to support blood, liver and a healthy immune system.
And this is just to name a few! :)
When choosing a spirulina powder, I do recommend you look for a certified organic product that is certified in NZ by either BioGrow or AsureQualityNZ. This ensures the product has not contaminated or treated with any nasty chemicals. I use one by BioBalance which you can buy here.
Thanks BioBalance for partnering with us on this post and video. We only partner with brands that we LOVE and are excited to share with our amazing community.
Spirulina Energy Bars
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tbsp BioBalance chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 Tbsp BioBalance spirulina
- 1/2 cup of almond butter (or natural peanut butter, cashew butter etc)
- 1/2 cup of dates (firmly packed)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp BioBalance coconut oil, melted
- Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees and roast the cashew nuts and almonds for 10 minutes. This is optional and you can leave them raw if you prefer.
- Soak the dates in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften. Pour into a sieve and drain out as much water as possible. This makes the dates easily blend into a smooth paste.
- Place the cashew nuts, almonds, chia seeds, sea salt, and spirulina into a blender or food processor and blend into fine crumbs.
- Add the almond butter, dates, vanilla extract and coconut oil and pulse until the mixture comes together.
- Tip the mixture into a lined tray and press down firmly with a spoon. Leave it to set in the freezer for 30-40 minutes until it is firm enough to slice.
- Cut into 10-12 even bars and store in the fridge.
Makes 10-12 bars