Adaptable Chocolate Chip Nut Butter Bars

This recipe was born out of necessity.  Feeding 5, constantly hungry kids can break the bank just with the amount of food they need.  It’s all too easy to buy the cost effective, sugar laden granola bars from the grocery store; many brands of which use oats from Round-Up ready fields.  Due to the microbiome-disrupting nature of Round-Up, I knew that the only recourse would be to shell out 6 dollars for 5 organic granola bars or make my own.  As E.B. White says, “Necessity first mothered invention.”

The wonderful thing about these bars is how adaptable they are.  You can add cocoa powder and orange peel to make chocolate orange bars, figs and strawberries, even maple and bacon!  I like to add in a fermented protein powder, hemp protein powder, or acai powder for extra nutrition.  The oats should be old fashioned for the best consistency.  Try and search for sprouted oats, as the phytic acid is broken down through the sprouting process.  Phytic acid blocks you from absorbing important vitamins and minerals and contributes to leaky gut (Myers).

Important Note: To increase the bars consistency and prevent breaking (as well as adding in extra protein and gut healing properties) add two tablespoons grass fed gelatin to 1/4 cup of warm water.  Stir and let sit for 3 minutes and then add to the nut butter/date/oil mixture before processing.

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Adaptable Chocolate Chip Nut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

Old Fashioned Oats (preferably sprouted)-24oz

Medjool Dates-1 cup

Unrefined Coconut Oil-1 cup

Nut Butter-12oz

Raw Honey-1/4 cup

Chocolate Chips-5oz or roughly half a bag

Himalayan Sea Salt-1tsp

Optional Additions:

Grass Fed Gelatin (2tbs powder in 1/4 cup water)

Hemp, Protein, Acai, Cacao Powders

Maple Syrup

Figs (to be processed with the dates or minced and then added)

Whole or Chopped Nuts

Flax Seed

Citrus Peel

Crystallized Ginger

etc.

Instructions:

De-pip and seed the dates.  Melt 1 cup coconut oil in a glass bowl or in a 1 quart measuring cup in the microwave and then add the dates to soften.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile scoop 1 12oz jar of nut butter into the food processor along with the 1/4 cup honey or maple, date/oil mixture, and the optional grass fed gelatin.  Drizzle remaining coconut oil in a 9×13 inch pan and spread evenly to prevent the bars from sticking.

Process wet ingredients until the mixture is smooth.  Small chunks of dates are perfectly fine.

Pour 24oz old fashioned oats into a mixing bowl.  Add 1tsp salt, 1 cup chocolate chips, and any other additions.  Keep in mind that added dry ingredients will need extra coconut oil to keep the oat mixture consistent.  Add wet ingredients to the oats and stir thoroughly.  Press extremely well into the pan and let set in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Take out of the fridge and cut into desired lengths.  Enjoy!

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Works Cited

Myers, Amy. “The Problem With Grains and Legumes.” Amy Myers MD, Amy Myers MD, https://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/06/the-problem-with-grains-and-legumes/.