Taking a moment out of my dreaded move to do a post. Believe me it’s a welcome distraction. Sidebar: I have lots o’crap and it’s all from my hobbies that I enjoy. They are space suckers, fo reals!
It’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means!?!?!!
Not hump day but The Leftover’s Club timmy time!
I always ponder what I want to make and send to my food blog pal. Will it be cupcakes, fudge, some caramel trifecta … you know those little bites of empty calorie goodness? A minute on the lips and years on the thighs (and tummy). YOLO!
Nope … hopes crashed and dashed – just kidding. I’ve been finding The Leftovers Club a great way to stretch my creativity … it allows me to step out of my quite comfortable box. It’s needed and of course you don’t want to give your blog buddy something that they will not enjoy. That would not be cool and would not make me “the best blogger”, ha ha.
These chocolate chocolate chip almond oatmeal bars is my take on the Larabar. I have seen recipes on pinterest and pinned several recipes in preparation of trying to be healthy … yeah about that.
When I saw that Johanna from Notes from a Messy Kitchen is a marathon runner and that she makes and eats healthier fare than what my normal modus operandi usually is … I had to turn to my “Think Healthy, Be Healthy” pinterest board for inspiration.
I’ve been following Johanna on instagram for a few weeks and I must say her healthy creations have left me drooling. Hmm, healthy can be yummy? Shut the front door!
These CCCAOB’s are quite easy to make. You simply gather the ingredients place them in your food processor and pulse. Easy peasy, peeps, easy peasy. No baking. No additional sugars. Gluten Free. I believe Paleo friendly? If you not a fan of dates you can always try prunes, raisins, and or figs. You could also add crisped rice if you are looking to add additional texture. Play around with recipe and make it your own.
I found the taste to be pleasant. It will never replace the taste of an honest to goodness brownie or chocolate chip oatmeal cookie but it’s not horrible. The chocolate flavor shines and the bits of chocolate chips don’t make you feel deprived.
Johanna, I hope you will find them enjoyable.
Are you a food blogger that loves getting mail that contains treats? Are you looking for a way to network with other bloggers? Are you looking for a way to get your blog out into the world wide web? Then be sure to sign up for The Leftovers Club. Go ahead an stretch those wings!
- 1 1/3 cup dates, pitted
- 1 cup almonds
- 6 tablespoons quick oats
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon hazelnut butter
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons water, warm
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, all natural
- Before you begin if your dates are on the dry side be sure to reconstitute them by soaking them in hot water for at least five minutes and drain. I sliced my dates in half to make them manageable.
- Add all ingredients except the mini chocolate chips into your food processor and pulse until mixed. Mixture should textured; don't mince ... you are looking for a "paste" like texture. If the mixture is on the dry side add equal parts dates and water until you get the desired result.
- Spoon mixture into a mixing bowl and fold in mini chocolate chips.
- Press into a loaf pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars or if you rather you can shape into balls. Refrigerating the mixture allows it to form better in my experience.
- You can use your favorite "butter" ... peanut, almond, cashew in place of the hazelnut butter. Or forgo it all together and just add an additional tablespoon of coconut oil.