GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN, MATCHA CHIA ENERGY BARS

Gluten Free, Vegan, Matcha Chia Energy Bars

Ingredients:

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1 cup oats, divided
1/4 cup flax seeds
2 tsp matcha
1 tsp maca
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
pinch of cloves, black pepper, nutmeg
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup buckwheat
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup water
1 cup dates, pitted, packed
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 banana, sliced (for topping)

Instructions:

In blender, blend 1/2 cup oats, flax seeds, matcha, spices, and salt until fine & smooth
In a separate bowl, combine buckwheat, chia seeds and shredded coconut, then add the spiced oat flour mixture. 
Blend water, dates, and vanilla until smooth & creamy
Add the liquid mixture to the dry, mix well, and spread into a 9 inch square pan
Lay out banana slices on top, and sprinkle with more coconut flakes
Bake at 350 F for 25-27 mins  
Allow it to cool before cutting

*Extra topping: blend 1/2 cup dates with 3/4 cup water (+1/4 cup if you prefer less thick), 1/2 tsp vanilla, and a dash of salt to make a salted caramel sauce, and drizzle on top before serving!

Bon Appetite!

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