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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Chocolate Chia Bars

So, I'm back... :) Have you missed me? No worries if you haven't, because I have a delicious, fat-burning, protein bar recipe for you anyway!

Let's just say it's been a pretty full year-ish of having another baby, moving across the country and back, building a house, and now trying to keep from going too crazy in the cold weather and nasty Utah inversion! Anyway... I'm excited to share some of the things I've been trying out over the last year (give or take).

It's cool to see so many great options starting to become available for healthier, quick, go-to snacks/foods but most are still relatively expensive. I became a member on Thrive, which has definitely saved some money on specialty products we use but it's really not hard to make your own protein bars with a simple recipe like this one and save a few bucks in the process.
There is something kind of magical in the combination of cacao powder, coconut, & chia seeds when it comes to burning fat. I know, it's awesome, right? Just be sure to check your teeth for chia seed leftovers after downing one of these babies! I know they aren't the most gorgeous looking bar but you know me, I like to keep it real. 

And just to get you excited, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming gelatin and cricket (yes, the insect) bar recipes coming soon! 

Chocolate Chia Bars

1/2 cup raw or dry roasted almonds (or other nut)
1/2 cup raw or dry roasted cashews (or pumpkin seeds or other nut)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 chia seeds
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup medjool dates (make sure they are soft & not all dried out)

1. Blend nuts, coconut, and chia seeds in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture is sticky enough to form somewhat of a ball. If the mixture is too dry, add additional coconut oil or dates until sticky enough.
3. Press mixture into an 8x8 pan or roll out on a cutting board (1/2" thick or so).
4. Cut into bars then eat, cover or package up for later. These bars freeze nicely, if saving for later. 

Makes about 8 bars