I always need a snack during the day, especially in the mornings. My day starts pretty early so by 9:30-10am I'm needing a bit of a boost. I found this recipe in an old 'prevention' magazine (yes, I am that person that buys these in the checkout line at the grocery store - lol), and they looked pretty good - really, it was the word chocolate that got me! As I gathered the ingredients, without reading the recipe, I thought they'd be a dump and go kind of recipe. As I got going, I realized this was going to be a little more work. I was a little disappointed but I carried on - and am I glad I did! These are rock stars in my book! I found them to be a great texture, healthy ingredients and worth the time it took to clean my food processor after I was done (great tool in the kitchen but for some reason, I really dislike cleaning it). I'll be making these again this week and I'll be doubling the recipe - might even share these ones with the ladies at Crocus & Ivy;)
Cherry Chocolate Granola Bars
2 cups oats
spread oats on a parchment lined baking sheet (this makes it easier to pour them into your bowl)
bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until they are lightly toasted. Stir at the halfway point.
1 c. dried unsweetened cherries
1/2 c. raisins
Cover with boiling water and let sit for about 10 minutes.
In your food processor add
your cherries & raisins that were soaked
puree until smooth
1/2 c. almond butter
1/4 c. honey
puree until smooth
Transfer to a bowl and add
when combined add in
1 c. almonds (chopped into pieces, or you can buy them already like that - I also like the slivered almonds in this as well)
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
Mix well and press into an 8x8, parchment lined pan.
Let set for about an hour, cut into bars and store in the fridge.
In case you're interested this was included with the recipe. Nutrition for this bar (if you cut into 14 pieces) 255 cal., 6 g. protein, 29 g carb, 5 g fiber, 16 g sugar (8g added sugars) 13g fat (2.5 g. sat fat) 10 mg. sodium.