Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Full disclosure: these are not chocolate chip cookie dough bars. If you're craving chocolate chip cookie dough, for God's sake, go get yourself some real chocolate chip cookie dough and bliss out on it. But if you're looking for a nutritious little energy bite that's high in protein and healthy fats, and that kind of reminds you of how awesome chocolate chip cookie dough is, maybe try these. They really are delicious. Recipe follows.

Blend in food processor till smooth:

2c raw cashew pieces
1# Medjool dates, pitted
1c walnuts

Pulse in:
3T hemp seed
2T chia seed
2T ground flaxseed
1c oats
1T vanilla extract
2T coconut butter (may be omitted, but YUM)
salt to taste

Transfer to big bowls and stir in:
1c chocolate chips

Line a baking pan with parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan
Cut into 1.5" squares
Throw the whole pan in the freezer
Remove squares, store in Ziploc in freezer

These can be eaten right out of the freezer (my preference) or refrigerated.

Yields about 32 one and a half inch squares, depending on how big your pan was. Each one has about 200 calories, 23g carbs, 4.3g protein.

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