So I have been noticing a lot of peanut butter bar recipes these days on social media. I love peanut butter. And peanuts. I could easily eat a bag full at a ball game, during a movie, or while typing up a blog post. They are addictive. I just can’t stop. My wife is always complaining about never getting to use the peanut butter in the cupboard because it’s gone in a week. That’s why I can’t have anything peanut in the house. Oh, and they are also not Paleo. Enter Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Bars.
So I don’t flock to raw almonds the same as I do peanuts (toasted almonds are a different story). I like them, but it’s not the same addiction. Almond butter on the other hand, is as addictive for me as peanut butter. OK OK, we may be onto an alternative here. Is almond butter healthier than peanut butter? The Paleo people think so. Well this recipe is starting to write itself.
In order to add some more nutrition, and not blow the bank on calories, I decided to add oats to the mix, as well as some coconut flour. I was also considering replacing the coconut flour with the equivalent amount of Vega Clean Protein on my next batch. Something I think will work well and add a protein punch. I also added a bit of maple syrup for some sweetness, and a bit of coconut oil for some moisture. I will say that the maple syrup can be optional. You judge how healthy you want this to be.
It really comes down to what you want to use these bars for, treat, or healthy snack. They can be great at both. I wouldn’t hesitate to take down one of these bars pre/post workout. It’s great fuel. It can also satisfy that sweet dessert craving if you include the maple syrup and a sweeter chocolate blend.
Now on top of this simple but delicious almond butter base, is a layer of delicious dark chocolate. Another favourite snack of mine. In order to keep this on the heathy side though, I used a equal mixture of 75% Dark and 100% Dark. I guess that nets out to be 87.5% Dark. It really was perfect. I will try for a 95% next time, but I know I can come back here to the 87.5% and feel comfortable.
The idea for me is that I want the benefit of the chocolate and it’s nutritious and antioxidant properties without all of the sugar. What’s best for you is up to you. Go for the milk chocolate if you like. I won’t stop you.
Also optional is the addition of coconut oil to the melted chocolate. I am going to leave it out next time. I honestly just wanted it to soften the chocolate layer slightly while eating so that the chocolate wasn’t a hard snap to the soft almond butter bar. It worked somewhat, but I don’t think it is necessary. The better option to keep the chocolate soft might be to mix in a half cup of melted almond butter into the melted chocolate before pouring on top. I’ll let you try that and tell me how it goes. I kinda like just the chocolate.
So there it is friends. I won’t go on anymore. I want you to get into these beauties cuz they are delicious! Sprinkle the toasted almond bits on top. It really brings out the toasted nutty flavour. As always, try, share, comment, and tag me if you do. I work for peanuts. Well almonds in this case.
Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Bars
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 cups almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1.5 cups dark chocolate(75-100%)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (**optional)
- 3 tbsp toasted chopped almonds (**optional)
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well combined and sticking together (may start to form a ball)
- Remove the mixture from the food processor and place in a square or 6×9 baking dish.
- Lightly press the mixture into the bottom on the dish until evenly distributed and the top is flat.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave
- Mix in the coconut oil if using
- Pour over the bars and tap the sides to level
- Place in the fridge for a couple of hours or in the freezer for 20 mine to cool.
- Cut and enjoy!!
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