Carob-Sesame Energy Bars with Black Beans (Hei Dou)

This recipe is good for keeping the Kidney energy strong.  Dark colored foods, particularly black, are known for entering the Kidney channels and for strengthening the energy of the body associated with this area.  These carob-sesame energy bars have plenty of black colored ingredients that tonify the kidneys: vanilla bean, black beans, carob and black sesame seeds.

All Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black beans, soaked overnight (Hei Dou)
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • ½ cup carob powder
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ‘Rou Gui’ (cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup chopped, slightly roasted nuts or ‘Nan Gua Zi’ (pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ cup dried raisins or ‘Gou Qi Zi’ (goji berries)
  • ½ cup chopped ‘Da Zao’ (jujube dates)
  • ¼ cup ‘Hei Zhi Ma’ (black sesame seeds)

    Ingredients for Carob Energy Bars

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain the water from the soaked beans, add the apple juice and vanilla and cook beans until soft.

Remove vanilla bean and mash black beans until creamy.

Removing the Vanilla when beans are cooked soft

Mix in remaining other ingredients:

  • ½ cup carob powder
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon (Rou Gui)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup chopped, slightly roasted nuts or pumpkin seeds (Nan Gua Zi’)
  • ½ cup dried raisins or ‘Gou Qi Zi’ (goji berries)
  • ½ cup chopped ‘Da Zao’ (jujube dates)
  • ¼ cup ‘Hei Zhi Ma’ (black sesame seeds)

Pour batter into preheated oiled cake pan.

Bake 75 minutes until top is dark and firm.  Cut into 40 squares.

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4 Comments »

  1. I am going to *try* to make these for my project. I hope I can do it because this sounds like such a good snack to have as a staple.

    Comment by Liana Russo — January 23, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

  2. Sounds good, Liana. As I remember these energy bars, I think it could be nice to add 1/4 cup honey to the batter before pouring into the cake pan to bring the sweetness up a notch.

    Comment by Lana — January 23, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  3. These bars seem incredibly earthy with a lot of substance. Seems like they could be a meal rayher than a snack. I will try and make these sometime soon. Jodi

    Comment by Jodi Host — March 30, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  4. Have you tried substituting wheat flour? Considering trying this recipe with almond flour, etc. I’m really attracted to the kidney nourishing aspect.

    Comment by Judy Klamecki — July 18, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

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