I am always on the lookout for quick easy snacks to have on hand. I have been experimenting with various granola bar type snacks for a while now. Recently, I have been playing around, combining different recipes and came up with this. They taste like similar to fudge, but are much healthier. Or at least not as bad as traditional fudge!
Healthier Fudge Bars
1 cup pitted, unsweetened dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cooked quinoa*, cooled
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
pinch of salt
- Put all ingredients in a food processor.
- Blend until ground finely and mixture begins to stick together. About a minute or 2.
- Line a loaf pan with cereal bag liner or waxed paper.
- Put mixture into loaf pan and press firmly into pan with another piece of cereal bag (or waxed paper)
- Chill in the refrigerator for about 10 mins. Cut into 12 bars.
You can keep these in the refrigerator or the freezer. They are great to add to lunches straight from the freezer. They thaw really quickly.
* To cook quinoa – place quinoa in a pot with water in a 1:2 ratio – 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for about 15 mins. Let the quinoa cool completely before using in this recipe. I normally cook 1/3 cup dry quinoa and end up with about a 1 cup cooked.
Using an online nutrition calculator, each serving has the following:
Calories – 127
Total Fat – 4.8 g
Dietary Fiber – 3 g
Sugars – 10.2 g
Protein – 3 g
It seems like a lot of fat and calories for such a small bite. But consider what a piece of actual fudge has!!!! It’s like triple.
I have been experimenting with other flavor combinations as well. More are coming soon!
What are your favorite snacks?
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