chocolate energy bars {dairy, gluten & refined sugar free}

img_7346One of the most common stumbling blocks I hear when it comes to eating healthy is chocolate cravings. We live in a sugar saturated world, even things that are savory contain high levels of sugar in them. People often worry that if they start eating healthy they will have to give up all treat and never eat them again. I don’t think that is reasonable or sustainable. Instead of denying myself the occasional treat I just make sure it is a healthier version.

These chocolate energy bars are delicious and all of my children (even the picky teenager) love them. They are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars. The flavour and texture remind of the no bake cookies loaded with butter and sugar that I used to make as a kid, just as tasty but much better for you.

These bars contain protein from collagen powder, chia seeds and peanut butter; fat from coconut oil and coconut butter; and slow burning carbohydrates from oats and dates. They are the perfect snack when you need something quick and filling or if you want something to keep your chocolate cravings satisfied without having the ill effects that come from eating a whole sugar laden chocolate bar.

 

Chocolate Energy Bars

12-16 bars

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons coconut butter

8 dates, finely chopped

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tablespoons collagen powder (or milled flax seed)

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

2 tablespoons chia seed

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

 

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan on low heat, melt together the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, coconut butter, cocoa powder and dates. Just heat it long enough to fully incorporate all ingredients.Turn the heat off.
  2. Stir in the oatmeal, chia seed and coconut until well combined.
  3. Press firmly into small glass casserole dish so that the mixture is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  4. Place into the fridge for an hour or so until it fully hardens. Cut into squares and store in the fridge or freezer.

 

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