Whoever said you can’t have chocolate for breakfast obviously didn’t grow up with coco puffs. (confession: I may or may not have a half eaten box in my cupboard.) But for us adults who try to eat a little healthier, it’s hard to find something that’s tasty, fills you up until lunch time, and is not bread. (I’m positive bread will be my slow demise.) I found a recipe online for date bars which had me a little nervous to make because I wasn’t really sure I even liked dates. But I bought a tub of them and ended up making my own concoction with the ingredients I already had at home. Several batches later and I think I’ve nailed it down to the most exciting healthy chocolate peanut butter breakfast bars my kitchen has ever seen. Because if you know anything about me… it’s that I will try to pair chocolate with everything. 😉
8oz. bag of Pitted dates
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
1 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
2 tbsp. Unfiltered Honey
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. unfiltered honey
2 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 heaping tbsp. of ground flax seed
1/2 cup dried wild blueberries (optional)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks (…but lets be real. 1 cup is better. 😉
***To be honest, this recipe is fully customizable. If you don’t like something or maybe you don’t have it, omit it. Have any other ingredient ideas? Comment and let me know what you added!
1 | Using a food processor, pulse pitted dates until it forms into a sticky ball. You may have to pause to stir it around. The dough is thick and hard to process.
2 | place date dough into large mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, excluding some chocolate for topping. Mix with hands until combined.
3 | Form into a ball and place in parchment lined 9×9 pan and spread flat. Top with chocolate chips until your heart’s content.
4 | Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
5 | Remove from fridge and pull out the parchment lined dough and onto a cutting board. Chop into 8 even pieces or 16 for snack sized portions. (Freeze any excess you’d like to save)
6 | Taste your creation! (Try it with coffee. Trust me. omg.)
Other ingredients to try:
cinnamon, almond butter, cashews, walnuts, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, other dried fruit, ground espresso beans, coconut flakes, toasted oats, etc.
Let’s go over the health benefits so we can feel better about eating such a desert-like meal, shall we? This bar has an awesome source of protein, fiber and omega 3’s from the chia and ground flax seed, and will definitely help you feel full until lunch. Coconut Oil is high in natural saturated fats and helps convert bad cholesterol into the good kind which is something a lot of us could use more of. And dates have numerous essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, and provides some much needed energy for those early groggy mornings.
Hope you love these healthy chocolate peanut butter breakfast bars like I do! 😀 If you decide to make them, let me know in a comment below!