Gluten & Sugar Free White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Gluten & Sugar Free White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Ingredients

2/3 cup of Coconut Oil

1/3 cup of Honey

2 large Eggs

2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

1 ½ cups Rolled Oats

1 ½ cups of Garbanzo and Fava Flour

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

¾ cup of Dried Cranberries, chopped (or your preferred dried fruit)

¾ cup of White Chocolate Chunks or Chips, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. In the blender pulse the chocolate and cranberries together to chop them into smaller pieces that are easier to disrtubute in the batter. In a seperate bowl mix oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Mix the rolled oats with the liquid, add baking soda and flour combining thoroughly. Finally add your chopped dried fruit and chocolate. Use a parchment lined, 9”x13” pan to bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until Golden. Cool completely in pan before cutting.  Makes approximately 48 small squares, but they can be easily cut into bars and stored in freezer. Portable and crispy.

One problem, I can’t stop eating them with my coffee!

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Knowing so many that cautiously tip toe around allowing themselves the simple pleasure of an occasional piece of chocolate…I am sure you know these people too. They are ever so careful to not go over their caloric intake for the day. I get it. Maybe if they indulged a little, it would make them smile and give them a change of heart about the creamy, sweet treat. Why you ask? There are some health benefits as well, please see the posted article.

Wishing you all the best for a day filled with love and happiness as well as yummy, healthy chocolate too!

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Today’s Forecast….

Wind out of the East with a chance of kite surfers flying by the window of my test kitchen.  It is equally inspiring and a breathtaking spectacle to watch in the afternoons while I am thinking about what sustains my energy.  For me…next to my double iced espresso, it is whole grains with a little sweetness and kiss of chocolate.

Please check out the Pure Love Granola Bars, the recipe is easy, delicious and surprisingly satisfies the chocolate craving.  Speaking honestly,  I created this for my family with love as well as a deliciously portable and healthy snack  in mind.  Share the LOVE!

 

Pure Love Granola Bars

 

Pure Love Granola Bars

Pure Love Granola Bars are made with whole grains and kiss of chocolate to leave you satisfied.  They are gluten free and nut free.  Super excited for you to give it a try, your family will be glad you did.

Ingredients

4 cups of rolled oats

3/4 cups of unsalted, ground sunflower seeds 

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup of  milk chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark whichever is your preference) 

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup of honey

1/4 cup of coconut oil

Instructions

In a large microwave proof bowl or on the stove top (which I prefer) add honey, coconut oil, vanilla and warm up so they are a nice thin consistency for about a couple minutes on medium heat.  If using a microwave start with 30 seconds, depending of the strength of your oven.  Leave the pot on the warm burner stir in chia seeds, ground sunflower seeds, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and finally add the rolled oats.  When everything is blended nicely add the chocolate chips and stir until they are completely melted coating all the other ingredients.

Pour mixture onto a 9×13″ cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly with the back of a rubber spatula.  After the mixture is spread evenly cover with a sheet of wax paper, use a rolling pin to smooth it out.  Remove wax paper and bake for approximately 15 minutes  or until dark golden on the edges at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Leave in pan to cool for 30 minutes before cutting into bars.  Makes approximately 30 bars.  

Note

For small hands, I sometimes cut into small squares, but be creative.  Store them in the freezer for freshness.  Great snack for both kids and adults!