Chocolate-dipped Puffed Rice Bars

If there is one thing I know for sure (thanks to Oprah, I always ask myself this question), it’s that I can’t live without chocolate. But, I’m talking dark, pure, real deal chocolate. The kind without refined sugar. Finding a treat that doesn’t make me feel horrible (mentally and physically) after I’ve eaten it isn’t always easy. Also, finding a treat that balances hormones, boosts my mood, gives me energy and brain fuel while I eat it….win!

Our brain is made mostly of fat and fat is a great source of fuel. Fat also helps keep us full longer and helps to regulate blood sugar. I’ve put in some of my favourite omega 3 fats into this recipe, along with a dark chocolate topping which is hormone-balancing with it’s mood-boosting qualities, magnesium and iron content.

puffed rice squares final

CHOCOLATE-DIPPED PUFFED RICE NUT BARS

Ingredients:

  • 1 C puffed rice
  • 1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 C raw, unsalted walnuts
  • 1/2 C Natera Life hemp hearts
  • 1 C almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1 1/2 C pure dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • coarse sea salt for garnish

Instructions:

  • In a big bowl, combine puffed rice, shredded coconut, walnuts, hemp hearts, chia seeds and stir well
  • In a small pot on the stove, melt almond butter, honey and 1 1/2 Tbsp of the coconut oil together
  • Once melted, combine the dry ingredients with this almond butter mixture and stir well
  • Pour mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish and press down firmly with your hands or a spatula. You can use various size dishes, depending on how thick or thin you want the bars to be
  • Place dish in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until cool and hardened
  • While dish is in the freezer, place a stainless steel bowl full of the dark chocolate and remaining coconut oil over a small pot of boiling water  and allow to melt, stirring often. Be careful not to burn!
  • Pour melted chocolate over hardened mixture and sprinkle with sea salt
  • Place back in to refrigerator for up to an hour until chocolate is cool
  • When firm, lift the mixture out of the dish by the parchment paper and transfer to a chopping board. Slice into bars and keep cool until ready to eat
  • These bars keep well in the fridge for up to one week and also freeze well for 3 months

Enjoy XO

Jen Casey, CNP

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