It has been established that I may, or may not have a chocolate addiction. I am not the biggest fan of milk chocolate, although I will eat it, I prefer dark chocolate. The week before Oliver’s birthday party I bought a large bag of mixed mini chocolate bars to go into the pinata. Well it did not take much time for the bag to be opened, ummmmm it literally took seconds. Twix, Snickers, Milkway, among others were staring me down begging me to eat them. So I did. And then I had to hide them from myself. I’m sure you have done the same thing as well. Yeah that worked. It reminds me of the a scene from Sex In The City, when Miranda throws out half a chocolate cake she baked because she can not stop eating it, which works out well til she starts to eat it out the trash. Chocolate is a sneaky bitch.
Needless to say the chocolate did not go into the pinata, Jonathan felt the parents would be upset that we were pumping their kids up with chocolate. So we compromised, I put one piece of chocolate into the gift bags. We put small toys like play dinosaurs, stamps, and other trinkets into the pinata. The kids loved it all the same and the parents did thank us about not putting chocolate into the pinata…..hahahhaha.
Since Oliver’s birthday party I have been craving a chocolate bar. I want chocolate that will savor my sweet tooth but healthy at the same time. I normally eat plain dark chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth but I want something with chew and crunch. I want something I can also share with Oliver and not feel guilty about it.
Well….. I’m happy to report my dreams have come true. A blog that I frequent has a nice healthy version of a candy bar, so I figured I would give it a go. I knew after I made the cookie part they were going to be amazing. They are certainly different but in wonderful way. They taste amazing, you can taste all the different layers, and they taste healthy. Well healthy for a candy bar. One thing I did as well, I only coated half of the bars in chocolate and left the other half as the bar. They are great both ways. Especially if you are feeling like you do not want chocolate or wanting to give chocolate to your child. I should say the cookie part is more like a soft chewy cookie, almost like a nougat. These do take some time as they are made in stages but totally worth it. Go for it over the weekend if you have time. Is there such a thing as a healthy candy bar, you be the judge? Enjoy!!
Adapted from My New Roots
1 ½ cups coconut flour
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (more if needed)
Date and nut center
12 oz. pitted soft dates
1/2 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter you prefer)
seeds of 1 vanilla bean
½ tsp sea salt
¾ cup almonds (or any other nut you prefer)
9-12 oz dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor grind your flax seeds. Once they are somewhat ground add your salt, applesauce, coconut flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Pulse about 30 seconds or until smooth. Line a brownie pan, 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Poor dough in pan, pat down make sure all edges are even. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges become golden brown. Once it is cooked let it cool down. At this time you can roast your nuts for about 20 minutes at 300. Or til they are nice golden brown. Once they are cooked let them cool and then chop and put aside. For the third step you will need your food processor again. Pit your dates, place them in the food processor and pulse til they are creamy. Next add your nut butter, vanilla bean, and salt. When the date mixture is incorporated smooth out over cookie part. Place in the freezer for four hours. After they feel solid, take them out of the freezer and cut into squares. I got about 24 bars. Once they are cut place back in the freezer. For the last step you will melt your chocolate using a double broiler or microwave. Coat the bars with chocolate, and let them cool on a cooling rack. I topped mine with left over nuts and flaked sea salt. Keep them in the freezer in an air tight container. Enjoy!!!