We’ve previously posted a recipe for no-bake “granola” bars. These bars are by far the most popular recipe on the blog. The no-bake nut bars are super delicious and the perfect snack on the go, but they are not stable at room temperature and should be eaten straight from the freezer. This is a little inconvenient if you were planning on sending them to school for your kids or take them to work.
By simply adding an egg and baking the bars for 20 minutes, you solve the problem. Yes, the baked bars are not as nice as the original recipe and has a different texture and taste but it’s still yummy, nutritious and easy to make.
Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. It’s unique combination of fatty acids has numerous health benefits. Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that can boost fat burning, provide your body and brain with quick energy and raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk. The fatty acids in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and fungi and could help prevent infections. Coconut oil is also high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT). When you consume MCT, it goes straight to the liver where it is used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones. Ketones can have powerful benefits for the brain and are being studied as treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and various other conditions.
Cacao is the unprocessed chocolate superfood that’s turbocharged with magnesium, flavonoids (antioxidant), calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese to name a few. As raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans these nutritional wins aren’t lost during processing. In addition, cacao contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA for short). PEA is thought to elevate mood and support energy, and is said to be one of the reasons that many people love chocolate!
Grain free baked chocolate nut bars
Our grain and refined sugar free chocolate nut bars are super yummy, quick and easy to make and the perfect healthy snack.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raw honey (maple syrup for vegan)
- ½ cup nut butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw cacao (or cocoa)
- 1 egg
- 3 cups nut/seed/dried fruit mix
- 4 medjool dates
- ½ tsp salt
- Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 160℃.
- Step 2 On a low heat, combine the vanilla, honey (or maple syrup), nut butter, coconut oil and cacao in a saucepan. Stir until the coconut oil is melted.
- Step 3 In a separate bowl whisk the egg and add a few spoonfuls of the cooled coconut oil mixture while stirring.
- Step 4 Add the egg mixture to the rest of the coconut mixture and mix well until combined.
- Step 5 Place your nut/seed/fruit mix, the salt and the dates in a food processor and roughly chop.
- Step 6 Add the nut mixture to the coconut oil mixture and mix well.
- Step 7 Pour the mixture into a prepared or silicone baking tray.
- Step 8 With your hands spread out and press down until smooth and compact (about 1cm thickness).
- Step 9 Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Keep an eye on these babies as they burn easily.
- Step 10 Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into squares or rectangles. These bars are high in fat and calories so small portions are ideal.
- Step 11 Store the bars in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.