Healthy Sweet Swap: Hazelnut Chocolate Bars!

Cue the snack cravings! They seem to come throughout the day don’t they? And there is no shortage of regrettable choices to reach for. Let’s fight back!

Instead of having a drawer full of cookies, candy, chocolate bars, chips, and questionable ingredient mini donuts – you know what I’m talking about… Let’s reach for something delicious that has fiber, healthy sugar and fat, and is nutrient rich to fuel your energy needs.

Make sure to read those labels on even the supposedly “better for you” health bars. Packaging can be deceiving. Many protein snack bars have so much sugar in them, there isn’t much difference between that and a plain old candy bar.

Even if you didn’t have that salad for lunch, redeem yourself with a healthy sweet swap! I guarantee you won’t have a sugar crash later.

These Hazelnut Chocolate Bars are quick to make and so good, you’ll applaud your good choice while indulging – guilt free!

Here’s the recipe: First set of ingredients.

  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup oat flour (rolled oats ground in a spice grinder or high powered blender)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 soft Medjool Dates

Second set of ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup melted cacao paste
  • 1/3 cup melted cacao butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Aminos, or other soy sauce alternative
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts (reserve half for garnish)

Process the first 5 ingredients in a food processor to mix. Then add the dates until completely broken down.

Next, melt the cacao paste and cacao butter in a separate dish. Mix in the vanilla and Aminos. Pour in to food processor over the first set of ingredients and mix to incorporate. Add up to 1/4 cup of water to help mix this if it’s too dry. Add the 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts and pulse to combine.

Line a 9×5 baking pan, or other small squared or rectangular pan, with plastic wrap. Press the mixture in to the pan and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts. Press them in a bit so they stick. You can optionally sprinkle with a few pinches of Fleur De Sel as well if you like. The little bit of salty sprinkle really makes the flavors pop, so I always add a touch.

Place in fridge for about 10 minutes to firm up. Cut in to serving squares and enjoy!

Will keep in the fridge for about a week or a few months in the freezer.

Enjoy! And if you want another sweet swap healthy recipe idea, check this recipe out for my Sweet Spice Superfood Trail Mix.

 

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