I have something veryyy exciting news for all of my readers!!!!
I will now be creating my very own recipe content for Snapshot of Wellness readers! And I am starting with these organic - healthy - filling - energizing - delicious bars that I have named, Organic Bucktown Chocolate Bark!
All recipes that I create will be named after the people & places that I love most! What better place to start then the neighborhood that I have lived in for years, Bucktown/Wicker Park. Bucktown is also one of the most creative neighborhoods in Chicago (and my favorite place to be)!
This 1st recipe was a bit accidental. I was extremely hungry - craving sweets (nothing new about that) - and this week my budget is more limited then normal. So, what started as a happy accident in gathering whatever I had in the pantry has turned into a new business venture on my blog! It's a reminder to keep an open mind to whatever is possible!
Since I will be sharing SW recipes, let me tell all of you that I will get better with time with the 'how to make'. What I mean is, I don't measure things rather I 'toss a handful' of this and 'sprinkle' a bit of that, etc. You get the idea! I think this Bucktown Chocolate Bark is fool proof though and you can experiment as I did!
Do know I only use the most pure organic ingredients so you can trust me there! And I will only share what is absolutely delicious!
1 cup & a half - Organic Whole Almonds (unsalted)
A small handful of each: Hemp seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds (use any seeds you wish - as many or as little via variety).
2 cups of organic pitted dates
1 large scoop (and a half if you are a chocolate lover) of Raw Chocolate Cacao (great source of iron)!
And the last ingredient was Organic Maple Syrup which I poured on top (I think about two tablespoons).
Mix all ingredients in the food processor starting first with the almonds alone until they are a flour consistency. Place the rest of the ingredients in together & pulse until the texture is that of a grainy pie crust - that's how you will be using it. I hope that makes sense.
I have no idea what size the pan I used is (I have to get better at this - haha) but, place the mixture in a pan lightly coated w coconut oil. And just use your fingers to spread out & pat into a firm base.
Freeze this for 30 minutes.
While that's in the freezer, take a small bag of vegan cacao nibs or chocolate chips of your choice and melt in pan. Pour over the base that you just placed in the freezer & then freeze for an hour or two.
What you will have are these crunchy chocolatey bars that have so much texture!!!! They are SO good with the benefit of no blood sugar crashes! Eat without the guilt! And they do not taste 'healthy'. They taste rich and indulgent.
P.S. My recipes moving forward will have more photos as a 'how to' as I go!
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