No Bake Healthy Chocolate Protein Bars

These No-Bake Healthy Chocolate Bars are the perfect before or after school treat. No worrying about high-fructose corn syrup. They’re gluten free and almost vegan (just the chocolate chips). And bonus – they’re packed with protein!

Cooking & Baking

Instructions

In a food processor, mix the dates, walnuts, oatmeal, and cashew meal until ground together. Add the maple syrup and salt. Mix until it forms a dough. It you'd like it to be sweeter, add another tablespoon of maple syrup.

Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to go up at least 2 sides of the pan. Pour your "dough" into the pan and smooth it out.

Create a double boiler by bringing water to boil in a small pan and placing heat-proof bowl (that's a little bigger than the pan) over it. Pour the chocolate chips in and stir until completely melted. Keep an oven mitt on an exercise all necessary safety precautions.

Once the chips are melted, pour the chocolate over the cookie layer in the pan. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until completely hardened.

Remove the bars by pulling on the sides of the parchment paper. Cut in squares o bars and serve.

*If you can't find cashew meal, you can by cashews and blend them through a blender.

Resources

Food –

Dates
Walnuts
Gluten Free Oatmeal
Cashew Meal (Found mine at Trader Joe’s)
Organic Maple Syrup
Salt
Dark Chocolate Chips

Kitchen Supplies –

9×9 pan (glass or metal)
Parchment paper
Food Processor
Small Roller
Spatula
Glass or Oven-Proof Bowl
Stovetop Pan (that’s smaller than the glass/oven-proof bowl)

Additional Resources:
http://http://www.livinglocurto.com/2014/08/chocolate-bar-gluten-free-recipe/#sthash.P01MI7W1.uwakpwnR.dpbs


< $25


10-12, 12-14, 14-16


Less than 1 hour