Dark Chocolate Cherry and Chia Energy Bars

Chia seeds is a good source of omega-3 fats, calcium, and fibre.  It can be eaten whole or milled. It is tasteless and can be easily added to many dishes. I love adding it to salads or blended into smoothies. It comes from the mint family, and transcends from native countries. It can improve your health by improving your metabolism, stabilizing blood sugars, and regulate your digestive system.

I have to thank this recipe from Shaina Olmanson, from Foodformyfamily.com. Inspired by her story, I tried this as I prepare for my race season this year. I tweaked a bit for my taste. I spend so much money on bars, and love many of them, but I am quite motivated to make this one regularly. It is simple and encompasses one of my loves: dark chocolate. Thanks Shaina!

(Fit2bwell Tip: Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and  Antioxidants. When consumed in moderation, it can have heart healthy benefits. When choosing nut butter, do not choose low fat! Nut fat is healthy for you compared to additives they replace the fat with in those alternatives. )

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter (explore other nut/seed butters)
  • ½ cup coconut palm nectar (honey was in the original recipe)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup dried tart cherries (feel free to substitute dried strawberries)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, dark chocolate, and pumpkin seeds. Stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter, nectar, and the salt. Stir until smooth. Pour the butter and nectar mixture over the oat mix and stir until evenly coated. Then stir in the cherries.
  3. On a baking sheet using a 2-3″ cookie cutter, press the energy bar mix into the cutter and press firmly. Continue until the mixture is gone.
  4. Place the energy bars in the refrigerator until firm and then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
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