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Amrita Bars

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comYou wouldn’t believe the amount of things I’ve been up to lately. With just having recently moved, starting a new job and doing other work in my spare time, the days just don’t seem long enough. At times like these, I’m really grateful to have easy “grab and go” foods like fruit, nuts and seeds, and energy bars. Of course, that’s where Amrita comes in! Amrita makes a lot of unique-flavored nutrition bars, that not only taste great…they are also made with really high-quality ingredients. As their name would suggest, they are made out of dried fruits, seeds and other gluten, dairy and soy-free nutritious foods. Are you curious about these bars and what flavors you would like the most? Read on to find out!
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Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comThe first bar I tried happened to be the Apricot Strawberry. When I first opened the package, the smell actually reminded me of a PB&J sandwich (despite being completely free of peanuts and gluten). I think I was picking up the sunflower seeds and tahini, which often give off a rich and nutty flavor. Once I tasted the bar I could taste the apricots as well as the strawberries and dates mixed in. I couldn’t taste the chia flour or brown rice and they didn’t seem to affect the texture at all. Overall, I would say this was a great bar to start out with!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comI’m not sure what paradise would taste like, but it must be something like this Pineapple Chia bar. First off, with it being summer I find that these bars all have really appropriate flavors. Along with pineapple, this treat also contains cranberries, sunflower and sesame seeds, chia seeds, coconut and brown rice protein. It’s great that a little bar like this also has the benefit of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, along with 4g of fiber and 7g of protein!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comOne of my favorite bars, not surprisingly, was the Apple Cinnamon. This seriously tasted like apple pie in bar form. What I love about Amrita bars is that you get so much fresh flavor, and all without added sweeteners other than the ones in dried fruit. I find that these bars are similar in texture to Larabars, but the combination of seeds, brown rice protein and dried fruit makes them a lot more filling. These definitely are more of a snack than a meal replacement, but they are really satisfying in-between meals!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comAnother fun, tropical flavor is the Mango Coconut. When it comes to dried fruit, mango and coconut are some of my favorites for their ultra-sweet flavors. Because this bar is also balanced with a mix of seeds, you don’t get as much of a sugar rush as plain fruit can often deliver for some people. This bar would be also be delicious if you blended it into a smoothie (seriously), or if you cut it up and placed it on top of a smoothie with banana, mango and coconut.

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.com
I was worried that the Cranberry Raisin bar might be a little sour, but I think it was another winner! The texture reminds me a little of an oatmeal raisin cookie and I’m not complaining! I notice that many of the bars are made with similar ingredients, but with the addition of the special dried fruits they really take on a unique taste. Plus, they don’t make a mess when you eat them and are very portable and for a snack that also happens to be raw.

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comLast but not least…the Chocolate Maca bar. Where oh where do I begin with this one? Cacao and maca are an incredible combination,  and this bar proves that. These superfoods are great for giving you energy as well as helping with hormonal issues. Another fantastic thing about this chocolatey bar is that it doesn’t melt in the heat, unlike many energy/protein bars made with chocolate. Though the flavor sounds more like a sweet dessert, this actually makes a great morning or mid-morning snack. Instead of reaching for coffee or energy drinks, I would recommend picking up one of these instead.

So, did hearing about all the different bars entice you? I hope so! If you’re curious where you can pick up some super tasty and nutritious Amrita bars for yourself, visit their store locator. You can also add some to your cart when you shop on their online store, either way I hope you can enjoy the bars for yourself. If you’ve tried these bars before, let me know which are your favorite or which flavors you want to try next!

Apricot, Coconut & Cashew Bars

IMG_4479Sometimes in the summer, it gets too hot to turn on the oven and bake something. This is one of those recipes that’s perfect for these kinds of occasions, since it’s a no-bake (but still delicious) treat. These bars are also gluten and soy free, healthy, and they only use a few ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen already. They contain healthy fats and good protein sources, and will last in your fridge for a while (or maybe not, they might be too good to resist). These also got the approval of non-vegans and vegans alike, so what are you waiting for? Try making them for yourself, and I would definitely give it a try with dried fruits other than apricots if you are feeling adventurous!
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Apricot, Coconut & Cashew Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dried Turkish apricots
  2. ½ cup raw cashews (soaked and drained)
  3. ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. ⅓ cup rolled gluten-free oats
  5. 4 dates, pitted
  6. 1 TBS melted coconut oil
  7. 2 TBS hemp seeds
  8. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. 2. Blend the drained cashews in food processor or high-power blender until you get a cashew-meal type of consistency. Set aside.
  3. 3. Place the dried apricots and dates in a food processor or blender and blend until you get a paste. Add all other ingredients to the apricot/date mixture and process until well combined.
  4. 4. Add the blended cashews to the mixture and blend until combined.
  5. 5. Firmly press the final mixture into the baking pan, using your hands or a spatula to create a flat, even top.
  6. 6. Place the pan in the freezer for one hour, then remove and cut into whatever size bars you desire. I find that squares work great for sharing with larger groups of people.
  7. 7. Place in an airtight container and store for up to one month in the fridge.
Adapted from Nutritionist in the Kitch
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