A few Saturdays ago, it was my birthday. I work with clients every other Saturday so I could have chosen to take the day off, however, I really enjoy the Saturday morning vibe in the office! 🎂🎁🎈
As kids we used to bring homemade treats to school when it was our birthday to share with the class. This was my vision for my perfect birthday Saturday in the office (May 21st). I’m not doing any processed or refined sugar at the moment so obviously my treats needed to adhere to that. I decided to whip up some Almond Power bars.
This recipe comes directly from Michele Schramm; my friend and the founder and previous owner of Optimal Wellness Solutions. The bars were a hit and I promised I’d include the recipe in my next blog. 🍫🍪✨
As you read the ingredient list, you’ll notice these delicious morsels are gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy free. They require no baking and can be enjoyed after about an hour of setting in the refrigerator. Here’s the recipe:
Makes 8-10 servings
2 cups Raw Almonds
½ cup Flaxseed (ground)
½ cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 scoops Protein Powder, flavored or unflavored
½ cup raw nut butter
½ tsp. salt
½ cup Coconut Oil
8 drops Stevia (More or less to taste. I have packets of stevia and monk fruit. I added around 5 packets, I think)
8 squares Unsweetened Chocolate (100% cacao)
If you have a food processor, place almonds, flax, coconut, protein powder, nut butter and salt in a food processor and pulse briefly. I do not have a food processor and attempted to combine all these ingredients in my blender, and it didn’t work very well 😊 On my second and more successful attempt, I used my coffee grinder to grind up the almonds and flaxseed, separately. I then combined the flax, almond, protein powder, nut butter, coconut, and salt in a bowl.
In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil and chocolate lover low heat until melted. Add stevia and mix.
Add coconut oil/chocolate mixture to almond/flaxseed mixture. This mixture will create a thick paste. Throw in some raisins or cranberries if you’re so inclined.
Options: pour mixture into and 8 x 8 glass baking dish lined with parchment paper or use mini muffin cups
Chill in refrigerator for one hour, until mixture hardens
Cut in square or pop out of muffin cups. Store in refrigerator.
These little treats work so well for my sweet tooth/chocolate cravings. The fat content allows me to eat a small bar or mini cup and be completely satisfied! Enjoy! 🥩🥥💝
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