Stop what you’re doing and make this healthy candy bar recipe! The ingredients are nutritious and even your most skeptical friends and family will like this one.
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Healthy Candy Bar Recipe
Candy bars are pretty terrible for our bodies. Not to say we shouldn’t have fun sometimes, but there is no nutrition, just empty calories. Yet they are everywhere. You have to stare at them when checking out at the grocery store! They make them taste “good” so you’ll come back for more.
So let’s change that up a bit to make something be tasty but provide us some nutrients too.
Dates: The dates provide fiber and vitamins instead of sugary empty calories.
Puffed Brown Rice: The puffed brown rice has B vitamins and minerals for energy production.
Nuts & Nut Butter: Peanuts and peanut butter provide proteins and B vitamins with magnesium, for heart health.
Chocolate: I use a dark chocolate which provides more antioxidants among other important minerals like iron.
- 14 ounces pitted dates
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (any nut butter)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup puffed brown rice
- 1/3 cup roasted peanuts (any nut)
- 4 ounces chocolate (I use 1/2 bag of chocolate chips)
- Process the dates, peanut butter, peanuts, and vanilla in the food processor. This should form a ball that will be sticky (remember you still have to add dry puffed rice). If it seems dry, add more dates.
- Mix with the puffed brown rice in a bowl (or even process in the puffed rice too) It will be hard and sticky!
- Press into the bottom of a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper
- Melt chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds or so (or use a double boiler for weirdos without microwaves like me)
- Pour chocolate on top and refrigerate for an hour or so.
- Cut into pieces and enjoy!
- My favorite is the Made In Nature brand of dates (cheapest at Costco) and One Degree Organics puffed brown rice cereal.
- If you can’t do peanuts, try another nut. Remember some nuts like almonds are drier and you may need less.
- If you don’t have puffed brown rice, try another crispy ingredient. Or even skip it for a gooier treat.
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