I had a sleepover with an esteemed member of the Global Supper Club, and she served me the most crave-worthy breakfast-on-the-go. This chocolate bar is a satisfying, salty-sweet snack that starts off cold and then literally melts in your mouth. It’s so tasty, you’d never know that it is jam packed with nutrients. I begged for the recipe, and now I happily keep a stash of these bars in my refrigerator for whenever a hunger pang, or chocolate craving, strikes.
Surprise number 1- these chocolate bars are made with dates! Pit 1.5 cups of dates, and add them to a food processor.
Follow up the dates with 2 cups of almonds, or another nut of your choice, 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds (the second surprise), 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/2 cup of sunflower seed butter (the third surprise), or another nut butter of your choice, and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. I LOVE the sunflower seed butter in this recipe, so use it if you can. It adds a really interesting flavor, and it keeps me coming back for more. Also, did you notice Baby Rue’s first photobomb?! Run the food processor until all of these ingredients are ground up into small pieces.
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil, and then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to it. Pour the liquid into the food processor, and run it until the mixture looks kind of smooth and comes together into a ball. Much like a homemade nut butter would.
Dump the mixture into an 8×8 inch baking dish, and use the back of a spoon to press it into an even layer. Put the pan into the refrigerator to chill. Once the coconut oil solidifies, the mixture will firm up, and you can cut it into bars. Store them in the refrigerator– they’re delicious eaten cold.
As you take a bite of a chilled bar, your mouth will melt the coconut oil, and the bar will take on an almost fudgy consistency. But the almonds and coconut will give you something to chew on, and the salt will keep everything bright and flavorful. All of the nutrient-rich ingredients in these bars should give you a jolt of energy, and even though no sugar is added, they will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!
This recipe is adapted from Dr. Frank Lipman.
- Dates- 1/5 cups
- Almonds- 2 cups
- Ground flax seeds- 1/2 cup
- Unsweetened coconut- 1/2 cup
- Sunflower seed butter- 1/2 cup
- Cocoa powder- 1/4 cup
- Coconut oil- 1/2 cup
- Vanilla extract- 1 teaspoon
I love baby Rue!
I’m sorry, but I just don’t see how this is a “healthy breakfast”. This is nothing more than a candy bar – and you wouldn’t consider a candy bar a “healthy breakfast”.
When I put the ingredients into MyFitnessPal and calculated the recipe, it came up with 290 calories per serving (assuming 16 1″x1″ squares). By comparison, a whole large 44g Snickers bar has 215 calories.
I’m sure this makes a nice alternative to storebought candy, but it’s NOT “healthy breakfast”.
Food can be both healthy and higher in calories. Nuts and nut butters, dried fruit, and avocados are all nutritious but contain more calories than some less healthy foods. For example, one avocado can have 232 calories, but nine Hershey’s Kisses have only 190 calories.
Kara, If you know where I can get a candy bar made of dates, nuts, and flax seed without any added sugars, please let me know! This recipe looks like it’s loaded with nutritious, delicious goodies but I’m too lazy to prepare it and I would like to buy it.
Lara Bars are actually not a bad option from the grocery store – they only have dates and nuts, so high in healthy fats and no added sugars. I prefer these bars, however, since there are different types of healthy fats & vitamins from the ingredients and they are significantly less expensive. 30 minutes once every other week is worth the payoff!
This recipe sux. NEXT!