I’m kind of sick of granola bars.
While last year I relished the minute the final bell rang at school and I could rush down to my locker and chow down on a Kind or Lara Bar, this year I really haven’t been feeling the granola-bar-love. In fact, munching on a Dark Chocolate Chunk granola bar today, I realized I was only eating it because I was starving- not because it was what I really felt like eating.
So, when I got home today, I decided to create a new recipe for an after-school snack that’s just as portable as a granola bar, but much less run-of-the-mill:
A Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bar.
This bar has a texture similar to that of a couple of my cookie ball recipes, such as this one for Peanut Butter Cookie Bites, however, the taste is all its own: rich almond butter combined with decadent dark chocolate and a tad of sweetness from natural honey.
In short: just the thing you want to indulge in after school!
These bars pack a big punch: they’re high in healthy fats from almond butter and Chia seeds, and contain only whole grains and natural sugars. Meaning you won’t be hungry again an hour later- you’ll be satisfied until dinner time. Additionally, they’re sweet without being overpowering, and healthy without being too healthy tasting. The perfect combination, in my opinion.
Sorry granola bars, you’ve been overshadowed for the moment by these delicious dark-chocolate almond butter indulgences!
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bars
- 1/2 c almond butter
- 1 c plus 2 tbs old fashioned oats
- 2 tbs flour of choice (I used coconut flour)
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbs Chia seeds
- 1 oz chopped dark chocolate (or cacao nibs)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper and scoop in batter. Press down bars until smooth. Freeze for 20 minutes, then slice and refrigerate to store.
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 16 energy bars)