The two writing projects I have right now are this blog post (about chocolate snacks) and my newsletter for tomorrow (about non-food rewards). The ironic juxtaposition of the two topics is not lost on me.
But neither is chocolate.
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I’ve wanted to make a batch of granola for a while, but it’s been too darn hot to turn on the oven. When I came across a recipe for grain-free dark chocolate peanut butter “granola” bars, I was intrigued.
Even better, I had all the ingredients and no baking was required. I was going to stick close to her recipe until I had a few ideas along the way. Like more chocolate.
Instead of buying a protein bar chock full of junk, you can easily make these at home. I’d imagine it would be easy to shape them into little “bites” instead of squares if you’d like.
Whirr a bunch of nuts with a few pitted dates.
Melt together your sweet, chocolatey binder, then add to your nut mixture.
Stir well and pat firmly into a parchment-lined pan.
I sprinkled mine with protein-packed chia seeds and antioxidant-rich cacao nibs. The coffee-like bitterness of the cacao (and the salt I added to the original) helps balance all the sweetness.
Pop the pan in the freezer and in 2 hours they’ll be ready to cut to size.
Mine stayed in the freezer overnight, so using my bench knife was helpful (as was letting them thaw for a few minutes).
The good news is that my husband loved these. The bad news is that my husband loved these.
I’ll definitely be making them again. They’re reasonably high in sugar, but I feel good about them being unprocessed and full of good stuff. And they’re chocolate.
They’re grain-, gluten-, and dairy-free, but not truly vegan because of the honey. You could try maple syrup instead, or use agave or brown rice syrup if you don’t mind those.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut or almond butter
- scant 1/4 cup honey, preferably raw
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (not cocoa mix)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia or hemp seeds
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 squares
Stacy Spensley is a healthy life coach, recovering stage manager, lover of the Oxford comma, and vegetarian. She's bossy because she loves you.