With spring finally here and the snow hopefully melted where you are, it’s time again for running/outdoor exercise season. You need snacks that are portable, tasty, and provide some serious fuel – which means energy bars for most people. Those are healthy, right? Not always, it turns out. Many packaged energy bars are loaded with refined sugars and the preservatives necessary to keep them on the shelves. But it really isn’t hard to make your own natural snack bars. These chocolate coconut chia bars are a snap to make and contain only natural ingredients and no refined sugars. With the wonderful antioxidant properties of the chia seeds and raw cacao, the omega-3 fatty acids in the flaxseeds, the protein in the almonds, the potassium in the banana, the natural sugars in the dates, shredded coconut, maple syrup and honey . . . I could go on and on and on! Needless to say, you can feel great about eating several of these babies post-workout. And not only are they good for you, they are pretty tasty, too!