Chocolate Chia Bars

Here is a great snack with tons of nutrition giving you that perfect energy boost before a workout!

This recipe was adapted from here:

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates (about 18)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dark Cocoa Powder)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in warm water for about 2 hours to soften.  Alternatively, you could heat them in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except almonds, in a food processor and blend until everything is combined.
  3. Add almonds and pulse until nuts are finely chopped and distributed evenly throughout the mixture. (Pulse less for a bar with more texture, and pulse longer for a smoother bar.)
  4. Once everything is combined, transfer mixture onto a flat surface lined with wax paper.  Layer another piece of wax paper on top of the mixture and press into the shape of a rectangle to desired thickness.  (This may be easier with a rolling pin.)
  5. Place the block in the fridge to chill before cutting into 8 bars.  Rewrap each bar in wax paper and keep refrigerated.

Since these bars are individually wrapped, they are a quick snack to grab on the run.  Or, instead of making bars, try cutting them into smaller bite-sized snacks for a small treat to help satisfy that sweet tooth!

1 bar yields approximately 178 calories and 4.5g protein.

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