Hi everyone! I know what you’re thinking, “iron-packed”? Bailey, that is so random. Why you do this?
Well let me tell you. I’ve recently been going through a bit of a sluggish slump, and since I haven’t been feeling my greatest I figured I’d have my blood tested to see what was up. I wasn’t surprised to find out that I have low iron and vitamin B12 levels (as I don’t eat a ton of red meat) AND since iron and vitamin B12 are crucial factors in keeping your energy levels and mood elevated, I knew I needed to make a change.
Fun fact: Iron is a part of a substance in your red blood cells called hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Without the proper amount of iron, your body can’t produce healthy, oxygenated red blood cells.
SO THIS IS IMPORTANT PEOPLE.
I got some iron and vitamin B12 supplements as a quick fix, I even chocked down some liver (all for the cause, of course), but in the long run I knew I needed to get more iron from my diet so I could sustain my active, healthy lifestyle. So I got to Googling. Besides the obvious red meat, which I didn’t plan on upping my intake too much of, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that many nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and oats are quite high in iron! And since I had been looking to make a quick, iron-rich snack that I could eat every day to boost my iron intake, these foods couldn’t have made a more perfect power bar. It was fate.
I know with myself personally not eating a lot of red meat and a lot of you all are vegan, vegetarian, or try to stick to a plant-based diet so you probably have this same issue. That darn iron, why must you allude us all! This could be on its way to being a staple in all our diets pretty darn quick because I must say, these bars are out of this world. I could literally eat the entire batch every time I make them! We’ll start a trend.
Okay so besides having 35% of your daily value of iron in one bar, these guys are also packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and sooo much more! So that means you’re going to get a healthy source of sustainable energy as well as digestive health benefits and a muscle/cell boost on top of all that iron. I don’t generally make the nutrition facts for my recipes, but since I was trying to pinpoint iron in particular for this one, I’ve included all the nutrition information in the label below!
So to all my anemic friends out there (and I know I’m not the only one), let’s get going! We don’t need no stinkin’ red meat to be getting the proper amounts of iron, we just need one delicious power-packed snack a day and we are golden. Or should I say we’re iron.
Okay fine. Make sure you tag #baisironbars when you make these guys and we’ll get all our iron-deficient friends back on track! Enjoy!
Iron-Packed Power Bars
- In a high-powered blender or food processor, add your oat flour, coconut flour, and hemp hearts and pulse until well combined. Remove to a separate bowl.
- Add honey, cashew butter, vanilla extract, and dates to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
- Add your flour mixture back in and blend until a doughy consistency has formed. If it’s still a bit crumbly, add some more honey until it’s doughy.
- Add the seeds, raisins, and chocolate chips and pulse until they are evenly mixed in.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dump out your dough on it. Using your hands, press the dough down into about a ½ inch thin sheet.
- Put in the fridge (or freezer) until it hardens up and then slice into 10 bars. Enjoy!
* I store them in the fridge and they usually last for about 5-7 days