Ready for something delicious? Today is your lucky day as I’m sharing a recipe for my favorite sweet treat. Superfood Chocolate Bar is a perfect afternoon snack or a guiltless dessert, filled with superfoods such as nuts, flax, pumpkin, sunflower and hemp seeds and sweetened with dates and maple syrup. The addition of almond extract elevates this recipe from great to fabulous so don’t skip this secret ingredient. My friends and husband continue to swoon over these babies and I can’t keep enough of them in my fridge. They are raw (no baking!), easy to make and will help you win over that friend who has not embraced clean eating as enthusiastically as you would like. Because these are so good, please take this helpful hint and freeze half after they are set and cut into squares. This will ensure that you will a) not eat the whole thing right away and b) have a perfect snack in the near future.
What’s so great about it?
Nuts and seeds provide healthy fats, proteins, antioxidants and Omega 3’s to provide brain protection. Pumpkin seeds are high in iron, magnesium, plant based Omega 3’s and zinc to boost your immune system. Flaxseeds provide fiber, rich source of Omega 3’s fatty acids and lignans, plant estrogens which may have protective benefits against cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Dark chocolate will give you antioxidants and balanced by coconut oil, healthy fats. With every ingredient selected to benefit your health this chocolate bar is the epitome of clean eating.
Inspired by a “Candy Bar” recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s “It’s All Good” cookbook.
- 1 cup raw walnuts or cashews or almonds - whatever you have on hand
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbs hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup ground golden flax seeds
- 1 cup dates pitted & chopped
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbs coconut oil
Line a 9x9 baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, add nuts, seeds, flax, dates, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut and almond extract; pulse until a sticky dough forms.
Press the mixture onto parchment, forming a 1-inch-thick square. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hours.
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a stainless steel bowl set over a pot of boiling water. When slightly cooled, pour chocolate over nut mixture.
Refrigerate until chocolate sets, at least 1 hour and cut into bars. Keep refrigerated or frozen.