Chocolate Chia Power Bars
You can break up one of these bars, put it in a bowl, add some rice milk or coconut milk and eat it as cereal.
4 Cups gluten-free Oats
1½ Cups all-purpose gluten-free Flour
1 Cup unsweetened Coconut Chips (also called flaked coconut)
¾ Cup raw Sunflower Seeds
⅓ Cup Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
3 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds
1½ tsp Guar Gum
¼ tsp fine Sea Salt
1 cup coconut oil
½ Cup Coconut Nectar
¼ tsp Stevia Powder
1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries, chopped
Sheet of Parchment Paper slightly larger than 15 x 10 inches
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment paper, with a little extra over the sides.
Mix together the oats, flour, coconut chips, sunflower seeds, cacao powder, chia seeds, guar gum and salt in a large bowl.
Microwave the coconut oil and coconut nectar in a 2-cup measuring cup for 60 seconds. Add the stevia and stir to combine. Pour into the oats mixture and mix well. Fold in the cranberries.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into the corners and on top with a wet baking spatula to cover the pan evenly.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the kitchen smells like chocolate and toasted oats. Rotate the pan from front to back halfway through baking.
Transfer the pan from the oven to a wire rack and let sit for about 15 minutes before putting in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
Transfer the parchment paper to a cutting board and cut into 25 bars.
Wrap each bar individually in parchment paper or bakery tissue paper, place in a sealable plastic bag and keep frozen until ready to pack or eat.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Debbie Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes in Los Angeles and author of Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.
Beyond being a low-maintenance pet, chia is great because it is high in omega-3s, calcium, fiber, magnesium, niacin and potassium. Chia is also known to enhance endurance when doing strenuous activity. Combining this biodynamic seed with phytonutrient-rich cacao powder is a powerful energy bar waiting to be eaten.