I developed these bars during a post-run mid afternoon slump when I was craving something sweet. On Day 6 of a self-imposed Eating Clean Challenge, instead of abandoning my thus-achieved efforts, I wanted to reward myself while still staying on track.
What tastes even better? Enjoying one of these tasty morsels after a barre class. But one of these for a light dessert is just what my body wants.
No-Bake Cacao Almond Butter Bars
yields 9 bars
For an easy, decadent treat without breaking your eat-clean commitment, reach for a saucepan, a spoon and an 8" pan. There, you have all the items you need! Through in the clean ingredients below (maple syrup is totally optional) and you have a nutritious, easy bar that you can stash in the fridge or freezer to enjoy as desired.
1/2 cup almond butter (I like this protein probiotic one)
2 TBSP pure maple syrup (unless your nut butter has any added sugar)
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 cup gluten-free oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 TBSP raw cacao powder
2 TBSP raw cacao nibs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Melt sunflower seed (or nut) butter and maple syrup (optional) and coconut oil over medium-high heat, stirring.
2. Remove from heat and stir in all other ingredients.
3. Press into a wax or parchment paper-lined 8" pan and chill for about 30 min to an hour. Cut into 9 bars and enjoy!
Nutritional breakdown below!