Chocolate Energy Squares

DSC_0002 - Version 2The goal was to make a square that was similar to my chocolate energy balls – but with oats added.

The result? More like a brownie! (Not that I’m complaining.)

That said… I might add they taste like a “healthy” brownie. Still thoroughly enjoyable, but they are of course no where near as sugary sweet or buttery rich as the “real” brownie.   

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats, divided
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (I use raw cacao powder)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup all-natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk with ½ Tbsp chia seeds whisked in
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350. Line a 5×9 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, process the almonds and ½ cup of the oats until they are the consistency of coarse flour.
  3. Add the other ½ cup oats, cocoa powder, coconut, salt and pulse until mixed. Remove the mixture from the food processor and set aside in a bowl.
  4. In the emptied food processor, now add the almond butter, honey, coconut oil, dates, almond milk and chia seeds, and vanilla. Process until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the dry mixture back into the processor with the creamed mix. Process and pulse until the two are combined into a sticky ‘dough’.
  6. Transfer the dough to the parchment paper lined loaf pan. Press down flat. You might use a piece of parchment paper to help press it flat so it doesn’t stick to your fingers.
  7. Sprinkle the 2 Tbsp of chia seeds over the top and gently press them into the batter slightly.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Cool, and cut into 18 squares. Store in the fridge.

Note: I used a 5×9 loaf pan in order to not make a million squares. You could easily double the recipe and use a regular square 9×9 pan to make 36 squares if desired!

Makes 18 squares.
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