So, just about every weekend, I head to Cafe Gratitude after doing yoga at the Yoga Collective and pick up one of their “I am Mighty” superfood bars. The bars consist of raw ingredients such as hemp seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut flakes, almond butter, etc. I decided that I would try to make my own version of these bars to try to save a bit of money (since they are over $7 each), and save my visits to ‘Gratitude for special occasions and delicious meals with friends. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite restaurants on the planet and they serve up some really tasty and beautiful food.
I created my own version this past 4th of July because I wanted to bring something conscious to a holiday BBQ we were attending, and since I rarely write recipes down, I had to fake it with my second batch, but you know what? They came out pretty flippin’ AWESOME!! This is my favorite thing about making raw desserts…no baking, no exact measurements; just playing around until I like how it tastes and feels! It’s super fun! So, here ya have it… Healing Thru Foods version of the ‘Mighty, which I hope you will try and enjoy as much as I do (the entire batch is nearly gone already, lol!).
Chocolate Cranberry Chia “Mighty Bars” Recipe:
(makes 9-10 bars)
Ingredients for bars:
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 dried cranberries (or you can use gojis, dried blueberries, or any dried berry of choice)
1 tbsp. raw coconut butter
1 tsp. raw honey
1 teensy pinch of sea salt
1. Soak cranberries in warm water for about 5 min.
2. Add all other ingredients to your food processor. Do not yet process.
3. Drain cranberries and add to food processor and grind up all ingredients.
4. Form into little squares (try to make them about 1/4″ thick).
Ingredients for raw chocolate:
2 tbsp. raw coconut butter
1/4 cup virgin, unrefined coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey (or 100% grade B maple syrup) this is to taste, so if you desire sweeter chocolate, feel free to add more sweeter or choice
1 cup raw cacao powder
1. Melt down coconut oil to liquid form if it’s solid. You can do this either by placing the jar in hot water, or scooping out your desired amount and heating it on low in a sauce pan.
2. Add coconut oil to a medium sized bowl and add coconut butter, cacao, and honey.
3. Whisk together to get a nice, thick liquid chocolate.
Dip each bar half way into the chocolate and lay out in a glass baking pan on parchment paper. Stick bars in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
Will keep in fridge or freezer for about a week.
Enjoy these bars as a quick and healthy (yes, they ARE healthy) on-the-go snack, a dessert alternative, or a post-work out replenisher, since it’s PACKED with protein!
For more delicious plant-based recipes like these or for nutrition coaching information, contact Dori from Healing Thru Food today!