chocolate

No bake healthy granola bars

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I never like to skip breakfast or I feel weak and tired for longer in the mornings. But I'm also keen to get to work in my office and don't want to think about making a full breakfast. I tend to reach for granola or protein bars. There's plenty of choice in the stores, but there are simply way too many additives and unwanted cane sugar.

I stumbled upon a few granola bar recipes at home and tweaked this one based on what I had in the cupboards. I loved the result and felt it was definitely one to share! I'm currently eating a bar right now so I can vouch they are worth the effort! which I must say is still very minimal.

RECIPE

3 cup rolled oats

2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder

1/2 cup almond flakes

1 pinch of salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup hazelnut/almond butter

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Rough chopped dark chocolate

DIRECTIONS

Line a tray with wax paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, hemp powder, almond flakes and salt.

Add the the coconut oil, hazelnut/almond butter, honey and vanilla extract to a small pot over medium heat stirring gently, not to be brought to a boil, just until combined and smooth.

Poor the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the dark chocolate.

Poor the mix onto the tray, begin to press flat, sprinkle more almond flakes on top, and pack down hard. If you don't pack firmly enough the bars may have more difficulty staying together.

Place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour to set.

Enjoy!

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares

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I desperately needed my chocolate fix this week that was toned down a notch. The summer has us on terraces, at BBQ’s and generally enjoying life too much to notice the sugar intake. I’m taking a more active approach to my diet because I know this will only get harder with Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas around the corner.

I love any chocolate dessert with a crunch, and who doesn’t love rice crispy squares? So here’s a hybrid without the processed sugar and butter that normally goes in. All natural, therefore friendlier to the waist line, and delicious as ever!

RECIPE

3 cups rice crisps (preferably brown rice)

1/2 cup nut butter (I used almond, make sure to buy the one with only nuts and without extra ingredients, or make your own)

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup cacao powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix the nut butter, maple syrup and cacao powder together in a medium pot and heat over medium. Once the mixture is smooth and melted together poor it over the rice crisps in a large bowl. Line an 8x8 square tin with waxed paper and press the rise crispy mixture down firmly. Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy.

That easy.

 
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