Chocolate-Chia Energy Cubes

Published: May 1st, 2013 |

Portable treats for the hiker, chocolate-lover, or busy mom in you.

I love being out in nature but I often find myself scrambling for the perfect portable snack to take along. If you, too, are on the hunt for something healthy, compact, and simple to prepare, you're going to like these low-fat, low-cal, high-fiber, and protein-powered squares. These energy bites will keep you going through your next outdoor (or indoor!) adventure. As a bonus, they’re naturally sweetened with fruit and raw cocoa, and sprinkled with hydrating chia seeds. For a midday zing, toss these treats in your hiking sack, beach bag, or even the little ones’ lunchboxes.

Chocolate-Chia Energy Cubes
Makes 20-25

1 cup dried figs
½ cup dried apricots
½ cup whole chia seeds, any color
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
⅓ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tbsp goji berries, optional
Unsweetened coconut for coating, optional

1. In a food processor, puree dried figs into a thick paste. Pulse in dried apricots, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa, orange zest, and goji berries (if using) until fully combined.
2. Add unshelled pumpkin seeds and pulse 1-2 times to combine.
3. Transfer mixture to the center of a large jelly roll pan covered with plastic wrap.
4. Cover the top of the pan (including the mixture in the center) with plastic wrap. Flatten the mixture with a rolling pin until approximately 1" thick. Tuck the excess plastic wrap around the edges of the mixture.
5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting into cubes.
6. Store in the fridge or a cool, dry place.

Handy Hint: I learned this tip from a sushi chef—when cutting these into cubes, keep them wrapped in plastic and cut with a serrated knife to avoid a sticky mess. (Be sure to carefully remove plastic remains before enjoying!)

Nutrition Information (3 cubes): 149 calories, 3.7 g fat (0.6 g saturated), 5 g protein, 31 g carb, 8.8 g fiber, 19.8 mg sodium

Related Links:
What’s In Your Energy Bar?
Plan a Hiking Date
Be a Healthier Chocoholic

Keywords: Active Living, energy, nutrition, snacks