Healthy Almond Butter and Chocolate Energy Bars (with Chia and Flax seeds)

How of many you need quick healthy snacks that can be tucked in your bag for work or school? My daughter who is a competitive swimmer loves to fill her swim backpack with various healthy granola bars to be devoured after two hours in the pool. She can tear through a box of bars in a just a few days and as my friend told me, she might go bankrupt buying her kids granola bars. My daughter and I set out yesterday to make a healthy bar that was filled with nuts, dried fruit and just a tiny bit of rich dark chocolate (my favorite part).

Ingredients:

1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)

1 cup dates

1/4 chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans

1 tbs. cocoa powder (or all cocoa powder if you don’t have carob)

1 tbs. carob powder

1 tbs. Chia seeds

1 tbs. flax seeds (or all Chai seeds)

2 tbs. chopped dark chocolate

1 tbs. honey

pinch of salt

Method of Preparation:

In a bowl of a food processor, place all the ingredients and process until you have a sticky cohesive mixture.

Line a 8×8″ square pan with parchment or tin foil. Press the mixture into the pan and smooth the top. If you want you bars to be a little thicker, don’t press the mixture all the way to the sides.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes and cut into small rectangles. Store bars in the refrigerator.