Welcome to the weekend friends!
I’ve got a few more classes this weekend and am really excited about taking on a few new classes on my regular schedule!!! Be sure to check out my yoga page for classes, workshops, and information on how to schedule your own private yoga sessions! Now, onto the important stuff…FOOD!! After my corporate wellness presentation on Wednesday (which went splendidly, thanks so much for asking 😉 ) I was feeling inspired to create a homemade version of something I have been eating a lot lately – Health Warrior chia bars. Don’t get my wrong, they make a fabulous product BUT for me, there was too much sugar (three kinds in their snack bars and seven kinds in their protein bars), and I wanted to see if I could avoid paying nearly $20 a box. SOOOO, I read the ingredients on the back and decided it wouldn’t be too much of a challenge to make something similar, and I was right, these are ALMOST as delicious as the real thing!
Chocolate Coconut Chia Bars
- 6 tbsps almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 chia seeds
- 1 cup HOMEMADE (yep, thats right!! 😉 ) puffed brown rice
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup raw shredded coconut
- 2.5 oz 85% dark chocolate (or something you like)
- 6 scoops protein powder (vanilla plant based or whatever you like)
So the main ‘time suck’ for this recipe, which isn’t even really that bad, is the puffed brown rice. You can always buy it but why not try homemade – cook some brown rice, dry it out in the oven to get the moisture out, puff in HIGH heat coconut oil, and cool on a paper towel to remove excess oil. From there all you’ll need to do is combine all the ingredients, press it out in a parchment covered baking pan, cut into squares, and you’re good to go! I like mine cold so I keep them in the fridge, but you’re welcome to store them in the pantry if you prefer.
I definitely plan to play around with the recipe over the next few weeks and will keep you posted on how things progress, but its certainly a great place to start!
’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂