Cacao Almond Butter Bars

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.

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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

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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!

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Nutritional breakdown below!

Nutritional Analysis:

Calories: 232

Fat: 17g

Potassium: 66mg

Carbs: 16g

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 6g

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