Chocolate Banana Chia Bars

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

A few months ago I tried a Chia Warrior bar, which I really enjoyed.  But when I looked at the ingredients and saw the high sugar content, I knew I had to try to recreate a healthier version at home.  This was my first attempt. 

These healthy, naturally sweet treats are packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, as well as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and manganese. Plus, the combination of protein and fiber will help you feel satisfied for hours afterwards. You could eat more than one, but you won’t want to! And as an added bonus, chia seeds (like all seeds and nuts), help to regulate blood sugar and can help lower bad LDL cholesterol and tricglycerides.

Chocolate Banana Chia Bars

Chocolate Banana Chia Bars

Chocolate Banana Chia Bars
Serves 20
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium banana, ripe
  2. 10 dates (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes if not already soft)
  3. 2 tbsps raw cacao powder
  4. 1½ tsps vanilla extract
  5. ¼ tsp salt
  6. 1½ cups chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place banana, dates, cacao powder, salt and vanilla extract in food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add chia seeds and pulse a few times until combined.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out mixture and flatten into rounds or squares, or any other shape you desire.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. The mixture may seem too wet at first, but within minutes the chia seeds will absorb the moisture and you’ll be left with a very firm “dough.” Work quickly to scoop up and shape the bars.
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They are not overly sweet, and my partner wanted more chocolatey flavor, but I loved them.  You could always add some stevia or other sweetener and some additional cacao powder, or even toss in some cacao nibs or chocolate chips. Or, you could do as I did to some of them and drizzle some melted chocolate on top.  Yum! 

With chocolate drizzle! Yum!

With chocolate drizzle! Yum!

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