Healthy Chocolate Bars

Healthy Chocolate Bars Feature

Zadada and I are always looking for healthier treat options, don’t get me wrong we love our rich, indulgent treats but if we ate them ALL the time we’d be having some serious health issues. Generally when I make my yummy indulging treats we farm serves out to all our extended family and friends then we can’t be tempted to eat more than we should.

Sweet cravings don’t go away in our household that’s why it’s a must that we have something on a slightly healthier scale in the fridge or pantry for snacking!

It’s all about options and variety lovelies and these Healthy Chocolate Bars fill that description perfectly as they are so adaptable, the bars (you’ll get 10) do me for a quick lunch on the run and the squares (you’ll get 20) are perfect for snacking.

Before I go any further I’d love to let you know how this post came to be………About 6 weeks ago I had 4 very ripe bananas sitting in my fruit bowl my plan was to make this Wholemeal Banana Bread, that was until I realised I had NO EGGS! A little tip…..check you have all your ingredients before you go mashing up bananas for your banana bread!

With my no egg situation my baking brain had gone to mush and I had no idea what to do with these bananas, we didn’t feel like a smoothies and I really didn’t want them going to waste, I guess I could have popped them in the freezer (do you freeze bananas?), but another idea did pop into my head!

A couple of months ago I joined a closed baking group On FB called ‘For The Love Of Baking’ a place where you can share your recipes, tips and tricks as well as ask any baking or cooking questions you may have! (If you’d like to join let me know or simply request to join via the FB page)  It’s brilliant so you won’t be surprised to hear that it was created by the lovely Lucy from Bake Play Smile and Lauren from Create Bake Make, these 2 ladies inspire me every day!

I decided to put my dilemma out to this little baking group by posting on the page and within 10 minutes I had a solution for my ready mashed bananas. A lovely member Cheryl suggested I should make her healthy bars recipe, so that’s exactly what I did, well almost, I had to work with the ingredients that were available to me in my pantry but as Cheryl advised you can pretty much substitute any seeds, dried fruit, nuts or protein powder you like, it’s really just up to your pantry and imagination.

This slice is the goods people, I don’t even like bananas and Zadada who doesn’t eat fruit apart from apples laps this slice up, it’s filling, and it’s healthy with no added ‘refined sugar’ (unless you count the drizzle of dark chocolate on top, which is totally necessary optional).

I’ve made this slice 4 times now and Cheryl did enlighten us over in our little baking group that pears could also be used in the mix and oh my goodness I’m loving this option, pears are a fruit I love, so if you’re a non-banana lover like me use pears and for the banana lovers out there, banana away!

You guys know that when I discover something amazing in the baking world that I love to share it with you, so I contacted the lovely Cheryl to make sure she was okay with me spreading some of her baking love around and as you can see her answer was yes! Thanks Cheryl, love your style xxxx.

This recipe is an adaption of Cheryl’s original, but as she said to me you can just mix and match with whatever’s residing in the pantry!

Here’s your How-To….

Healthy chocolate bar Reciep

Healthy Chocolate Bars 1

Healthy chocolate bars 3

Healthy chocolate bars 2

4.3 from 4 reviews
Healthy Chocolate Bars
 
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Recipe type: slices
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and mashed
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (standard cocoa powder works fine too)
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • ⅓ cup chia seed
  • ½ cup of 'Lucky' natural seed mix (pepita's, sunflower seeds and pinenuts)
  • ⅓ cup craisins
  • ⅓ cup diced dried apricots
  • 80g melted dark chocolate for drizzling over cooked slice.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced)
  2. Line a 18cm x 27cm x 3cm slice tin with baking paper.
  3. Blend pears, dates and coconut oil until you have a chunky puree.
  4. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT dark chocolate and blend again until well combined (if your food processor bowl isn't very big you may need to get your muscles on and mix puree and dry ingredients up in a large bowl)
  5. Press mixture firmly into prepared slice tin. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake for a further 10 minutes or until a little golden on top.
  6. Cool in tray.
  7. Drizzle melted chocolate over slice, pop in fridge for ½ hour to set and slice into bars or squares. I get 10 bars (which fill me like a main meal) and if I go with squares I get 20 (perfect for snacking).
  8. Store slice in an airtight container in fridge until it's eaten (which is pretty quick in this household) but to be safe I'd say 2 weeks.
  9. Enjoy!

These bars are seriously better than any store bought muesli or energy bar you’ll buy and once you make them I guarantee you’ll be hooked like Zadada and I.

If you’re looking for some more healthy treats take a peek at these…..

Jaffa Bliss Balls

Salty Sweet 99% Healthy Slice

Paleo Friendly Chocolate Brownies

Homemade Kale Pesto Dip

Nut Free Snack Bites

Cacao Coconut Rough Muffins

Until the next time……

Zamamabakes

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Healthy Chocolate Bars Feature

Zadada and I are always looking for healthier treat options, don’t get me wrong we love our rich, indulgent treats but if we ate them ALL the time we’d be having some serious health issues. Generally when I make my yummy indulging treats we farm serves out to all our extended family and friends then we can’t be tempted to eat more than we should.

Sweet cravings don’t go away in our household that’s why it’s a must that we have something on a slightly healthier scale in the fridge or pantry for snacking!

It’s all about options and variety lovelies and these Healthy Chocolate Bars fill that description perfectly as they are so adaptable, the bars (you’ll get 10) do me for a quick lunch on the run and the squares (you’ll get 20) are perfect for snacking.

Before I go any further I’d love to let you know how this post came to be………About 6 weeks ago I had 4 very ripe bananas sitting in my fruit bowl my plan was to make this Wholemeal Banana Bread, that was until I realised I had NO EGGS! A little tip…..check you have all your ingredients before you go mashing up bananas for your banana bread!

With my no egg situation my baking brain had gone to mush and I had no idea what to do with these bananas, we didn’t feel like a smoothies and I really didn’t want them going to waste, I guess I could have popped them in the freezer (do you freeze bananas?), but another idea did pop into my head!

A couple of months ago I joined a closed baking group On FB called ‘For The Love Of Baking’ a place where you can share your recipes, tips and tricks as well as ask any baking or cooking questions you may have! (If you’d like to join let me know or simply request to join via the FB page)  It’s brilliant so you won’t be surprised to hear that it was created by the lovely Lucy from Bake Play Smile and Lauren from Create Bake Make, these 2 ladies inspire me every day!

I decided to put my dilemma out to this little baking group by posting on the page and within 10 minutes I had a solution for my ready mashed bananas. A lovely member Cheryl suggested I should make her healthy bars recipe, so that’s exactly what I did, well almost, I had to work with the ingredients that were available to me in my pantry but as Cheryl advised you can pretty much substitute any seeds, dried fruit, nuts or protein powder you like, it’s really just up to your pantry and imagination.

This slice is the goods people, I don’t even like bananas and Zadada who doesn’t eat fruit apart from apples laps this slice up, it’s filling, and it’s healthy with no added ‘refined sugar’ (unless you count the drizzle of dark chocolate on top, which is totally necessary optional).

I’ve made this slice 4 times now and Cheryl did enlighten us over in our little baking group that pears could also be used in the mix and oh my goodness I’m loving this option, pears are a fruit I love, so if you’re a non-banana lover like me use pears and for the banana lovers out there, banana away!

You guys know that when I discover something amazing in the baking world that I love to share it with you, so I contacted the lovely Cheryl to make sure she was okay with me spreading some of her baking love around and as you can see her answer was yes! Thanks Cheryl, love your style xxxx.

This recipe is an adaption of Cheryl’s original, but as she said to me you can just mix and match with whatever’s residing in the pantry!

Here’s your How-To….

Healthy chocolate bar Reciep

Healthy Chocolate Bars 1

Healthy chocolate bars 3

Healthy chocolate bars 2

4.3 from 4 reviews
Healthy Chocolate Bars
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: slices
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and mashed
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (standard cocoa powder works fine too)
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • ⅓ cup chia seed
  • ½ cup of 'Lucky' natural seed mix (pepita's, sunflower seeds and pinenuts)
  • ⅓ cup craisins
  • ⅓ cup diced dried apricots
  • 80g melted dark chocolate for drizzling over cooked slice.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced)
  2. Line a 18cm x 27cm x 3cm slice tin with baking paper.
  3. Blend pears, dates and coconut oil until you have a chunky puree.
  4. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT dark chocolate and blend again until well combined (if your food processor bowl isn't very big you may need to get your muscles on and mix puree and dry ingredients up in a large bowl)
  5. Press mixture firmly into prepared slice tin. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake for a further 10 minutes or until a little golden on top.
  6. Cool in tray.
  7. Drizzle melted chocolate over slice, pop in fridge for ½ hour to set and slice into bars or squares. I get 10 bars (which fill me like a main meal) and if I go with squares I get 20 (perfect for snacking).
  8. Store slice in an airtight container in fridge until it's eaten (which is pretty quick in this household) but to be safe I'd say 2 weeks.
  9. Enjoy!

These bars are seriously better than any store bought muesli or energy bar you’ll buy and once you make them I guarantee you’ll be hooked like Zadada and I.

If you’re looking for some more healthy treats take a peek at these…..

Jaffa Bliss Balls

Salty Sweet 99% Healthy Slice

Paleo Friendly Chocolate Brownies

Homemade Kale Pesto Dip

Nut Free Snack Bites

Cacao Coconut Rough Muffins

Until the next time……

Zamamabakes

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28 Comments on “Healthy Chocolate Bars

  1. cheryl mishio

    Wow ! They look amazing Dannielle ! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Wow back at you for the fantastic recipe in the first place talented lady! Thank you x

      Reply
  2. They look ace! And if they’re healthy, that means you can eat more of them!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      You bet it does!

      Reply
  3. Necessity is indeed the mother of all invention! Great solution to your problem, and I love that pears work as well. Pears never get enough love. Great looking bars too, so props on the photography and styling!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      You can give pears all the love they need in this recipe Tammi.
      Thanks for all your kind words.
      Have a fantastic weekend!

      Reply
  4. I am loving the pear base, I’ve never seen that before and I can’t wait to try this. This is totally up my alley, I have pinned and it has moved to the top of my ‘to make’ list!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      It’s getting made here on a weekly basis at the moment Danielle, I’m just loving the pears! You’ll have to let me know what you think! Have a beautiful weekend and Mother’s Day xx

      Reply
  5. Simone

    Wow! They look really good. I couldn’t wait to read the recipe after the post popped up on my instagram feed today. I often substitute pear, banana or pumpkin into my recipes they work so well at binding ingredients. Happy FFF Simone

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Simone. I’m thinking I may have to experiment with some pumpkin in them now, great tip! Happy FFF to you to lovely x

      Reply
  6. The reason I don’t bake very often (except for muffins) is because I have absolutely no will power. These look like the perfect, delicious solution 🙂

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      They are an excellent solution Natalie! I hope you enjoy 🙂

      Reply
  7. Yum, with the pears for me, forget those bananas.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      I’m glad I’m not the only non-banana lover going around, the pears really are delicious in it Deb.

      Reply
  8. I agree with always having something healthy and sweet on hand. These chocolate bars look seriously amazing. I am definitely making these this week. I actually think my son would love them too! xxx

    Reply
  9. These look so Dannielle!!! So so good. I want them badly 🙂 xx

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      They are fantastic Renee, I’m a little bit addicted to them at the moment and because of all that healthy goodness I can totally justify to myself that enjoying a square with my cup of tea of a morning after my breakfast egg is totally fine and I seriously stay full until lunch. Do it!!! 😉 xx

      Reply
  10. You had me at the words “healthy” and “chocolate” together in the title Dannielle. My tornadoes would love these!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      I know exactly what you mean Tash! I’m sure your tornadoes will love them, enjoy! 🙂

      Reply
  11. These look amazing Dannielle, what a great snack for the kids too! Thank you for being a very kind and special lady x

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      They are Lauren! A great snack for the kids if they’re ok with nuts which ours are and if they’re not there’s lots of other things you can put in their to make up for the nuts.
      You’re very sweet Lauren, I only speak what is true xx

      Reply
  12. These look divine, I can’t wait to try them, pretty sure my kids will devour them too (if I leave them any) 🙂

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thankyou Katie, enjoy, they are soooo good! 🙂

      Reply
  13. Mmmm, that’s the perfect healthy treat. And super energising. Did you try to replace pears with bananas? xx cathy

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Hey Cathy I’ve made it both ways very successfully, I just prefer the pears

      Reply
  14. I’m all confused – I can’t see bananas in the recipe, just pears. Ah, no matter, I’m pinning it anyway. I think this SUPER. x

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      So I tried it with Bananas the first time Bron but much preferred the 2nd time when I used pears. You can use either with same amount or even 3 large bananas would cut it , I just wrote recipe up with pears. Sorry to confuse you x

      Reply
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