3c shredded beet (fresh, frozen or blanched), left in strainer to drain.
3c dates (no pits!)
Zest from 4 limes
Juice from 4 limes
2c shredded, unsweetened coconut
½ cup psyllium husk
1 1/2c sprouted quinoa (nice instructions here)
1c sesame seed
½ c ground flax seed
1c tamarind paste (remove any hard seeds)
Pinch of sea salt
Add water to lime juice to create 1c liquid. Combine with psyllium husk and set aside for approximately 10 minutes.
In blender/processor, pulse dates until they are small, uniform pieces. Add coconut and continue to pulse until all combined and crumbly.
Add lime juice/psyllium mixture (should be a gelatinous goo) and tamarind paste, pulsing to combine. Manually combine all the remaining ingredients.
Line flat surface (food dehydrator sheets or shallow pan) with parchment paper and spread dough out to approximately .5 inch thickness. Dehydrate 110 degrees for about 4-6 hours (the top should almost have a leathery “skin” and be dry to the touch. If still wet/damp/sticky to the touch, keep dehydrating.) Remove, flip, peel off parchment paper and cut into bars. Rearrange on dehydrator sheets to allow for air-flow between each bar, and continue to dehydrate until consistency of very firm cake, with no noticeable moisture (if keeping temp low, it will probably take minimum 8-16 more hours).
Considering the amount of lime juice and tamarind in this recipe, the end result is surprisingly mild, but pleasing. The color is a breath-taking fuchsia. Your kitchen will probably resemble a crime scene after assembly. (And yes. I had do look up how to spell “fuchsia”. In fact, I had to look it up multiple times because I could not get the right wack-y-doodle configuration of letters to remove the angry red “why can’t you spell, you oaf” line.)
*This recipe makes approximately 40 standard-ish sized power bars. They can survive quite a while in a sealed container at room temp (at least a week). If you don’t plan to distribute them all at once to a soccer team or roller derby league, I recommend storing about half of the batch in the freezer in order to build up a variety of prepared, nutritious treats for easy and responsible snacking.