We used to eat a lot of “granola” bars or “trail mix” energy bars prior to making changes to our diet. When we started reading food labels for ingredients we quickly cut these out as they were loaded with sugar and lots of other stuff we didn’t want to eat. I was going to become one of “those” mom’s who made her own granola bars but they would be better than the ones I had tried years ago. These would be nothing like the dry cardboard ones I had from a bake sale.
As my food intake changes, my taste buds are changing too! I am finding that things are now tasting too sweet to me and I am actually preferring something with less sweetness. It’s not something that happened overnight, but gradually over the last year.Print
Chewy meets crunchy in same bite! This satisfies my craving for chocolate with just one small square – I tend to cut them into a few different sizes for variety!
1 cup gluten free oats
3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut, toasted
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 TBSP hemp seeds
1/3 cup toasted almond flakes
1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate (or mini chocolate chips)
1/2 cup peanut butter, crunch or smooth
2 1/2 TBSP honey
2 TBSP coconut oil
1/3 cup collagen powder (optional)
Line an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
In a medium sized microwave safe dish, melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil – probably less than a minute depending on your microwave. Mix well, set aside.
Blend remaining ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread the mixture into the lined pan and smooth out.
Place in the refrigerator to firm up for a few hours or overnight.
Lift the parchment paper out and place it onto a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut into squares. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
As with many of my recipes, you can substitute one nut for another if you prefer!