I have always loved snack or power bars. They are easy to grab, easy to eat, and fun as well. When I was in college, I would often bring Odwalla bars with me (this was before my Nourishing Tradition Days). I liked them, but I noticed that the ones with a lot of soy protein in them, didn’t taste good or sit well with me. More recently, I found that there are some great bars that are just fruit and nuts, and they have been very nice, but are to expensive to buy often, and a little to sweet for me with all of that fruit.
Looking for a healthier, more frugal option, I have tried to find some good recipes for homemade versions, but they all had ingredients I didn’t want to use. High sugar content, puffed cereals, unsoaked, and uncooked grains, etc. So I was thrilled to find that Elana at Elana’s Pantry had a scrumptious looking power bar that was based off of nuts, nut butter, and coconut flakes and oil and chocolate. I had to try it.
It was wonderful. In fact, I *ahem* overate our first batch because they were soooo good. With a nut and coconut base and a chocolate topping, they reminded me a little of a candy bar. They are perfect for a quick, filling and nourishing snack on a busy day. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I used soaked and dehydrated almonds for a better nutritional value. I haven’t had the best luck yet in making my own “soaked” nut butters, so I used a roasted almond butter (for better taste, but also because my stomach can handle roasted nut butters much easier than raw ones). I used unsweetened chocolate, and sweetened it myself with agave syrup. I accidentally used twice the amount of chocolate on top (so keep that in mind when looking at my picture), but all that extra chocolate certainly didn’t hurt the recipe!
It is a no bake dish (except for melting your chocolate) as another plus, so it won’t even heat up your kitchen on a hot day, and it is so easy to make.
Check the recipe out, and consider trying it yourself. I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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