I haven’t written a post in over a month!! April was the busiest month I can remember our family having in a long time. We spent so much time prepping our house for showings, and then packing for a move made our life a little crazy. We are finally settling into life in our new space and I am glad to be back here doing what I love.
This recipe was something I threw together becuase Oliver wanted to make granola bars. My sugar cravings have been absolutely uncontrollable lately, so I have been working hard to wean myself off sugar. YOU CAN DO IT! It will take some time, and a little compormise, but you can cut those cravings and enjoy sweet things without ruining your day.
Sugar isn’t the only thing missing from these bars. They are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and vegan as well. These are great for your vegan friends, those wanting to cut out sugar, or anyone with dietary restrictions.
Chunky dark chocolate almond bars
3/4 c chopped almonds
3/4 c dark chocolate chunks (70%)
2 c oats
1 c flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
1.5 c almond milk
1 tsp stevia (approximtely 4 packets)
Preheat the oven to 375F and spray a 9×9 inch pan with non-stick spray.
Roughly chop the almonds and set them aside with the dark chocolate chunks. I found pre-chopped chocolate chunks that were 70% pure cacao at Kroger! It made it so much easier to prep for these bars because I didn’t have to chop up chocolate.
In a large bowl add the oats, flaxseed meal, salt, and stevia and stir to combine. If you want the bars to be sweeter, add another teaspoon of stevia in this step.
Pour in the almond milk and coconut oil and mix until all dry ingredients are wet.
Fold in the almonds and chocolate chunks and stir just until combined.
Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
Let the bars cool completely and cut into 2.5 inch bars. You should get 12 bars and they will last for 7 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
These are not very sweet! I love them becuase they give me just enough chocolate to satisfy that sweet craving. They are also very filling because of the oats, flaxseed meal, and almonds. I have been eating them as my post work out snack with a banana and I am full for hours. You can even add cherries, bananas, or cranberries for added sweetness if you are looking for more. Oliver loved them, and you can cut them into smaller squares for a kid-friendly portion.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! I will have more coming soon, and some exciting news about my fitness path and personal training.