Seeing as he is a raging chocolate addict, these little morsels please my son tremendously. The versions I make for home -- with almonds or almonds and peanut butter -- are verboten for school. However, the substitution of such goodies as pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts gives us super foods aplenty to replace our longed for tree nuts.
Now that I'm upping my game to contend with the school snack programme, I'm trying to bribe my son into forgetting the taste of the jam sandwiches he was given everyday at school without me knowing ...
Call me crazy, but I just don't think kids need to eat junky food everyday for snacks. I don't think it fuels them, and I don't think it does them any favours.
Now, I'll stop this post before I type out en entire dialogue between a chocolate energy-bar and a jam sandwich ...
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw hemp hearts
1/4 cup ground sesame seeds -- black
1 cup raw cacao powder
1 tbsp ground vanilla bean
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp stevia powder
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pitted honey dates
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1. combine the first set of ingredients (up to not including the dates) and process until fully powdered
2. add the pitted honey dates (check for pits) and pulse until completely chopped
3. add the coconut butter and pulse until combined
4. add the coconut oil and pulse until combined
5. press into a silicone pan (I use 2 square ones), and score into pieces
6. chill or freeze until set
7. break along score marks and store in airtight containers in the fridge