This article was written by Lisa Manzo, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Superstar Chef at The Hearty Soul.
Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free
Yields: Makes 8 square bars or 16 smaller bars
Many people avoid snacks because they believe it will contribute to weight gain when in actuality it helps to maintain a healthy weight and keep energy levels at an ultimate high, avoiding cravings of junk food and refined sugar. However not all snacks are weighed the same. Choosing snacks that combine complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats is key!
No bake bars are one of my favourite on-the-go snacks because they are portable, easy to eat and do not require a napkin! WIN! However commercial bars are what we nutritionists call junk food dressed up as a healthy snack. The majority of these so called “healthy snacks” that sit on the shelf in your nearby grocery store, contain a ridiculous amount of refined sugar and ingredients that even I cannot pronounce!
So why are these bars so popular? Well because they are easy and can be eaten for breakfast and snack. What if I told you, you could whip up a batch of really healthy bars in less than 20 minutes? Would you consider making them? I hope so because these 5-ingredient healthy bars are not only delicious but they are packed with complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre and a ton of vitamins!
Whether you`re looking to eat healthier, have more energy, fuel your workout or liven up your child`s lunch box these bars are the ideal addition to your life. They are stress-free, convenient and healthy. When you’re short on time, feeling tired, or don’t want to heat up the house, whip up these simple yet delicious no bake almond butter cacao bars.
We all know that making our own treats means cleaner ingredients and these whole food bars are sure to keep you energized and fueled all day long. I highly recommend making a batch every few days and storing them in the fridge, or freezer, for fast, convenient and healthy snacking!
As a busy mom and entrepreneur anything that takes less than 30 minutes to make is my jam! These bars are an easy grab-and-go power-packed snack keeping my blood sugar levels balanced. In turn, this makes me a better mom, a better wife and a more energetic entrepreneur.
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/4 cup gluten free oats
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup organic almond butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Place the dates in a food processor to form a dough
Add all other ingredients until well combined
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and then press the dough tightly into the pan
Place in the freezer for 1 hour
Lift out of the pan and cut into squares or bars
Store in an airtight container (these can be frozen)