Healthy Snickers Bars


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There is nothing better than recreating a favorite candy or junk food in a way that's healthy and all-natural. I've always loved good old Snickers bars but honestly haven't eaten them in years due to their less than ideal nutritional profile. That was until I found this recipe! Dates are known for being naturally sweet, chewy, caramelly and packed with nutrition. Just two dates provide 10% of our daily potassium and magnesium needs, have 4 grams of fiber and are loaded with all sorts of other vitamins and minerals. Take that Mr. Snickers bar! They also store well and taste amazing frozen, thawed, soaked, chopped or coated in chocolate as they are in this recipe. Adding in the crunch of raw chunky almond butter not only provides the nutty kick we love in a Snickers bar but also adds a smooth, creamy nougat-like texture to these babies. And to top it all off, we're using 65-70% dark chocolate (loaded with fiber, protein and a host of other vitamins and minerals that are often overlooked) and super miraculous chia seeds and goji berries to pack an even bigger punch of nutrition with omega 3's and vitamin C. Once you taste these chewy bites of healthy goodness there'll be no going back to the days of high-fat, processed Snickers bars. Here's to living the sweet life...healthy style!

Cooking Time

15 minutes

Yields

12 bars

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted 
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks (I prefer 65% - 70% cacao)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw crunchy almond butter, well mixed
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • course sea salt (optional)

NOTE: All ingredients used are from Trader Joe's

Directions

  1. Slice dates on one side and open up to remove pit. 
  2. With spoon, fill dates with chunky almond butter, press closed with fingers and place in freezer for 15 minutes until firm. 
  3. Place chocolate chips and oil in small microwavable bowl. Heat until melted, usually 2 minutes. Check every 30 seconds and stir to avoid burning. Cool for 5 minutes. 
  4. When dates are firm and ready for dipping, roll them in the cooled chocolate mixture until well coated. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. 
  5. Sprinkle chia seeds and goji berries on coated dates immediately and place in refrigerator for 15 minutes, or until chocolate coating has set. Store in fridge in airtight container and enjoy

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Inspired by Healthy Happy Life

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