If “knowledge is power” then knowledge of these high-energy-packed caffeinated snack recipes is going to make you really powerful- they’re guaranteed to give you that extra jolt of energy and deliciousness. From Pumpkin Adzuki Bean Matcha Flare Bars to Coffee Fission Balls (see Part 2), you can’t go wrong. Of course, with this much delicious energy, you’ll have to work hard to avoid fast-talking flights of fancy rationalizing one more bite (just one more!). As a side note before we get started, I should probably mention that I have had a few too many of what shall remain an unnamed snack on this list before writing this article (proof of concept never tasted so sweet!!!). Without further ado, here are my recommendations.
Almond Pistachio Date Coffee Bars (No Baking Necessary!)
Yes, there is a God! That’s right, you didn’t misread- these are almond pistachio date coffee bars and they are all they’re cracked up to be and bursting with raw energy from the coffee beans! Here’s how to get yourself into this delicious quagmire:
- 1 ½ cups oats
- ¼ cup of shelled pistachios
- 2 ½ cups packed, pitted dates
- ¼ cup coffee beans
- 1 tbsp of pure almond extract
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor.
- Mix the ingredients until a thick dough results.
- Push the dough onto wax paper lining a square or rectangular baking pan so that it fills the pan on a level basis.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator for 2.5 hours and then cut the delicious result into squares (sixteen are recommended for a good energy boost per piece).
- Place the bars in the refrigerator in an airtight container for storage or in the freezer for delayed consumption.
Pumpkin Adzuki Bean Matcha Flare Bars
If you love caffeine and Japanese snacks as much as I do, then you won’t be able to resist the inner-flare that these awesome bars confer. This recipe is my personal choice for flavor-packed, high-energy snacking. Like I always say, “Of course you can pay me in pumpkin adzuki bean matcha flare bars!” Here’s how to make your very own:
- 1 ½ cups of adzuki beans
- ½ cup of pureed pumpkin
- ¼ cup cinnamon sugar
- 1 tsp of almond extract
- 3 tbsp of culinary matcha
- 1 ½ cups of oats
- ½ cup of buckwheat flour
- ½ cup of brown rice flour
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, pulsing as necessary to get the ingredients mixed together.
- The resulting dough should spread nicely. If it is too watery, you can add another ¼ cup of buckwheat or brown rice flour and mix it up. If its too dry and doesn’t spread easily, you can add up to another ¼ cup of water and mix it up.
- Oil up a 13” x 9” pan with roughly a tbsp of coconut oil and spread the dough into the pan.
- Bake the contents of the pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 to 18 minutes.
- Cut into pieces as desired.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Orange Earl Grey Tea Energy Muffins
Forget about that bland bran muffin, just throw it away. These Earl Grey muffins hit the spot and they’re packed with caffeine to get you on the go. Here’s how to get this party started:
- 6 sachets of gourmet Earl Grey tea
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp freshly grated orange zest, from about 1 medium orange
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
- ¼ tsp of nutmeg
- 4 tbsp of butter (unsalted)
- Grease your muffin tins with a bit of butter or use baking cups/liners.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until its hot, simmering but not boiling.
- Add the Earl Grey sachets to the milk in the pan, cover the pan, let the sachets steep for 20 minutes in the milk, and then remove the sachets.
- Melt the 4 tbsp of butter in a separate saucepan (or microwave)
- Make sure the milk is warm and reheat on low temperature if it has gotten cold.
- Whisk together, sugar, flour, salt, nutmeg, orange zest, and baking powder in a large bowl.
- Add the melted butter, milk and egg to the bowl with the large bowl of dry ingredients mixed in the prior step, mixing until all the ingredients are combined.
- Fill each muffin cup ¾ full with the batter.
- Bake for the sooner of 20 minutes or until golden brown (verifying that they are ready with a cake tester that comes out clean). An orange slice for garnishing is optional.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool for 20 minutes.
- Then, dig in!