Chocolate Almond Oat Bars

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When I head out for a day away from home, whether its a day outside or an extra long work day, I like to make sure I have a healthy snack on hand for when I get home and am hungry. These bars are one of my best recipe creations in a long while. I have been making a lot of no-bake-type oatmeal cookies and almond butter-banana oatmeal lately, but I am excited to change up my oatmeal routine a bit. I was strongly inspired to make some sort of homemade bar that would taste like the CLIF chocolate almond bars that I love. I only buy CLIF bars occasionally as a treat because one, they are expensive, and two, I feel often feel guilty spending so much on one granola/protein bar of any type when I know I have the stuff at home and could make an entire batch on my own. So, this morning I played around with my no-bake oatmeal recipe and wound up with these delicious “CLIF-like” bars full of crunchy almond butter, subtle honey, cocoa powder, and oats. At 185 calories a piece, they make a great protein-packed and delicious portable snack.

Chocolate Almond Oat Bars

Yield- 6 bars

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey + 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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1. Combine almond milk, margarine, sugar, and 1 Tbsp. of honey in sauce pan and boil hard, then turn heat down and continue a low boil for another minute.

2. Meanwhile, measure oats into a mixing bowl, along with cocoa powder and almond butter. Pour milk mixture into oats and stir gently. Add in vanilla extract and another tsp. of honey, and stir until combined.

3. Spray a 7 x 10 inch (or similar size) pan with cooking spray and press oats firmly into pan using the back of a spoon.

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4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer until bars set. Cut into six bars. My bars held together well and ended up very close to the size of a normal CLIF bar, just thinner.

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After cutting, I placed the bars in a sealed container and will keep them in the freezer to hold their shape, just pulling out an individual bar as needed.

 



 

 

 

 

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Almond Butter Birthday Brownies

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On my birthday eve last week, I decided I finally had reason enough to try out a new brownie recipe that contains no flour and relies on almond butter and greek yogurt as the base. I played around with the original recipe, because I was hesitant to use all the almond butter it called for, one because the potential for creating a calorie bomb, and two, because I can only get almond butter when I go grocery shopping out of town, and didn’t want to use all mine up!

I would definately make this recipe again how I did, I woudn’t change a thing. Some “healthified” brownie recipes I have tried in the past have wound up being a far cry from a real brownie.  The almond butter in these brownies makes them very rich– although they are relatively low-carb and high in protein for a brownie. After having one while still warm and one on my birthday, I froze the rest. They are even better frozen! It tastes like eating a square of rich chocolate fudge. These make a nice healthy snack, especially if you need a little kick in the pants or a birthday treat.

Almond Butter Brownies

Yield- 12

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk ( I use Silk vanilla)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 8×8 inch pan

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  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8×8 inch pan with cooking spray and wipe off excess with paper towel.
  • Whisk together almond butter, milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, and yogurt.
  • Add the cocoa powder and sugar.
  • Pour into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. I pulled mine out after 22, but like them a little soft.

The Finished Product–

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Cut into 12 squares.

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Enjoy with a glass of cold milk. Freeze leftovers if desired.

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Nutritional Stats: Per 1/12 square: 111 Calories, 6.7 g Fat, 10 g Carbohydrates, 3.5 g protein http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/mos-paleo-almond-butter-brownies/