Gluten free and vegan chocolate chip brownie bars made with dates, nuts and chocolate chips. Why pay more than $1 at the store when you can make your own?
Lately I have been thinking about my Stay-at-home-Mom status.
I feel like I’m telling a lie when I’m asked what I’m doing and I reply by ” I’m a Stay-at-home-Mom to a 2-year-old”.
I should tell people I’m a “Mother of a two-year old who rarely stays home”. Seems like telling the truth.
In the last couple of weeks my schedule was
- 5.30- 6 – wake up, tea, read the paper, check emails
- 7.30 ish – breakfast with family
- 8 to 10 (or 11 depending on the days) – jogging and gym
- 11 to 1 – prepare and have lunch
- 1 to 4 (sometimes 5) – play-date
- (some days like today ) – dance class late in the afternoon
- 7 ish – dinner
- 8 to 10 – family time
- 10-12 – (if I’m still able to keep my eyes opened) computer time
All these activities require lots of make-ahead snacks and energy bars to keep me going. Or Chocolate Chip Brownie bars.
Chocolate makes everything better, right?
Who doesn’t crave a chocolate treat after sweating at the gym? Sometimes I think that’s one of the reasons I go, just so I can indulge into one of these chocolate chip brownie bars when I’m done.
Today it’s time for a Chocolate Chip, Date and Nuts Brownie LaraBar
Kinda long name, huh?
The name Chocolate Chip Brownie came from the well-known Larabars.
Now I don’t have to pay $1.29 for one. I can easily make them at home.
The list of ingredients I got it from the Larabar website and after playing a little bit with the quantities I made a bar that tastes way much better than the store-bought one and I can make it whenever I want to.
I love making energy bars at home. You can add whatever ingredients you want. Peanuts instead of almonds and/or walnuts. More/less nuts. More/Less chocolate chips. Other dried fruit. They are so versatile.
Homemade chocolate chip brownie energy bar, made with dates, nuts and chocolate chips. Healthy. Gluten free. Vegan.
- 1/4 cup (25 grams) walnuts pieces
- 1/4 cup (35 grams) whole almonds
- 1/8 tsp fleur-de-sel (table salt works just as fine)
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or carob chips for vegan bars)
- 1/4 cup (20 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups (330 grams) dried pitted dates
- Line a 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a food processor put the almonds and nuts. Pulse a couple of times until they resemble fresh bread crumbs. You can even leave them bigger if you prefer.
- Pour the nuts mixture into a bowl and set aside.
- Now, place the dates into the food processor and pulse until paste forms. Add the nuts, mini chocolate chips, cocoa and salt. Pulse a few more times until well combined.
- Scrape the mixture and press in (as evenly as possible) into the prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours until set.
- When set, take the pan out of the fridge, carefully remove it from the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
- Slice as desired. I prefer 16 bars.
- Keep in a air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.
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