Here’s a sweet and satisfying snack that you can take with you anywhere to give you energy for your day! There’s only a half cup of chocolate chips in this recipe to give you just enough to satisfy that chocolate craving.
Chewy Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars
Modified from recipe: here
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (a few extra to sprinkle on top)
- sea salt (to taste)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (a few extra to sprinkle on top)
- 1 1/2 cups dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup organic apple juice
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Toast oats, almonds and pumpkin seeds seasoned with sea salt for about 20 minutes. Shake baking sheet about half way through time.
- Let oat mixture cool.
- Place all ingredients except apple juice in a food processor and pulse chop until coarsely mixed.
- Slowly had apple juice until entire mixture is moist.
- Place mixture in an 8×8 glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Cut into at least 16 square serving sizes and enjoy!
- Store in an air tight container or wrap with plastic wrap to keep fresh.
Oats: High in fiber (reduce cholesterol), manganese (for bone production, skin integrity, and blood sugar control).
Almonds: Rich in biotin (support healthy skin, helps body use sugar efficiently, and maintains energy in nerve cells), vitamin E (protects against free radicals), manganese, copper (supports tissue health) and vitamin B2 – riboflavin ( for energy metabolism).
**Dried Cherries: Good source of copper (supports tissue health) and vitamin C (protects from free radicals).
Pumpkin Seeds: Rich in Manganese, copper, magnesium (key mineral in metabolism), and zinc (for proper immune function and skin health).
Sunflower Seeds: Rich source of vitamin E, copper, vitamin B1 – thiamin (for energy production and nervous system support), manganese, selenium (for antioxidant protection), magnesium, vitamin B6 (for metabolism of carbs, brain health, and liver detoxification).
Flaxseed: Rich in omega-3 fats (supports many of the body’s systems and decreases risk of many chronic diseases), vitamin B1, and copper.