Raise your hand if you like chocolate! Now raise your hand if you like chocolate + mint together that is good for you and easy to make!!! I know....I've got both of my hands raised and I'm wishing there were still some of these bars in my kitchen.
But, they've been eaten and I'm left to dream of them (or get off my rear and go make another batch 'cuz they're pretty easy to make).
Having a recipe in your pocket for a quick snack is paramount, in my opinion, to succeeding with any type of healthy meal plan. We've all had those days where nothing goes right and we're starving at 3 o'clock and can't find anything that sounds or looks good.
When that afternoon blood sugar plummets these
Mint Chocolate Bars can be your lifesaver.
These bars are modeled after the popular Lara bars. Once a year these bars show up in this mint chocolate flavor combo and it is:
1. the (almost) only way I like chocolate (I do like it with peanut butter) and
2. my favorite Lara bar flavor.
This left me with only one choice. Make my own darn bars.
These are so easy to make I can't believe I willingly spend money to buy them. They're as simple as gathering a few ingredients and your food processor- toss everything in and push the On button, and in less than 5 minutes you'll have Mint Chocolate Energy bars.
Yes, there is another couple of steps like adding the mint extract and the optional cacao nibs and pressing them into bars or rolling them into balls but....still less than 5 minutes. Period.
Another win for these bars is that they keep at room temperature for as long as it takes you to eat them. No more excuses for a mediocre snack when the 3 o'clock rumbly tummy sets in. Enjoy!
Mint Chocolate Energy Bars
2 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates, packed
1 1/2 cups almonds
1/4 cup cacao powder (add 1-2 TB more for a dark chocolate flavor)
1/2 tsp mint extract
1/2 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional)
sea salt, to taste
Place the dates, almonds and cacao powder into a food processor, fitted with an "s" blade. Blend until the dates are broken down and holding together with the almonds. The almonds should have a bit of texture and the mixture should hold it's shape when pressed together.
Add the mint extract and optional cacao nibs and pulse 4-5 times. Taste and adjust mint and chocolate flavor to your liking.
Roll into balls or press into an 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper. Store, at room temperature, in a covered container.