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Cinnamon Orange Energy Bars with Orange White Cacao Frosting

I am alway amazed at the difference in people’s body types, and their ability to burn or store their calories. I store, my sweetie burns. Maybe it is because he runs (fast) over 16 miles a week and throws in 3 weight workouts on top of it. But even if he didn’t, I can guarantee that if we ate the same amount, I would put on weight and he would maintain.


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Part of that is the difference between men and woman but part is just simply biological. I am what is referred to in the horse world as “an easy keeper” meaning I don’t need many calories to sustain my weight.

When we are both eating high raw, my guy will start to drop weight. I have to work to get enough calories on his plate. And being vegan, when eating out for business lunches, if he is at a restaurant that doesn’t have vegan options, he ends up with a salad that just isn’t enough.


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Yesterday, I decided that it was time to make him some super healthy energy bars because I can’t bare to have him eat any that have processed ingredients. I whipped up some almond butter, and got to work on making a delicious, protein-filled, calorie packed bar. Nuts, seeds, raw oats, and some lovely orange and cinnamon to top it off, these bars are full of nutritional powerhouse stars!

You can eat them as is or frost them with the lovely orange white chocolate glaze. I love them with the topping! There are quite a few ingredients but believe me, these go together very quickly! Pretty much dump and stir.

Each bar (unfrosted) has approximately 184 calories, with 6 grams of protein, 17 grams of carbs and 11 grams of fat. Low fat they are not, high energy, they are! Eliminating the coconut oil will reduce the fat by about 2 grams per serving.

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  1. Karen wrote on February 16, 2015

    HI Susuan,

    My mouth is really watering from the pictures. However, my son is allergic to oat. What do you think I can substitute the oatmeal with?

    Many thanks,

  2. Brigitte wrote on August 27, 2014

    I’ve made these twice and both times I’ve had to finish them in my dehydrator. They are delicious but I’m wondering why they didn’t dry out? Did the first batch on the counter and the second one in the oven and got the same results. Btw, I made my second batch with dried cherries, white chocolate chips and lemon juice and rind instead of orange – wow, now that was delicious – my favorite!

    • Susan wrote on August 30, 2014

      Hi, Brigitte, It really depends on a lot of things. The moisture in your ingredients, how humid it is, etc. It is just fine to finish them in the dehydrator. Cheers!

  3. Susan wrote on March 19, 2014

    Donna, did you dry them overnight? And also, if your oven was completely closed, sometimes air can’t get in. Cheers!

  4. Donna wrote on March 19, 2014

    any suggestions re mine being too soft?


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