All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Bar

28 May

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These bars are so amazing, they are all natural yet they taste just like a mint choc chip ice cream. They are sweetened solely with dates and the protein powder and nuts give it a great protein boost. This little bar can be eaten for all sorts of meals, as breakfast with a smoothie, for lunch as a sweet treat after a light lunch or just as a mid day snack to silence a growling tummy.

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To make them it is just a matter of loading a bunch of nutritious and tasty ingredients in the processor and freezing it until set, I mean there is not even any baking so its pretty hard to go wrong. Because they are stored in the freezer, the cold enhances the cooling mint flavor and makes these incredibly moreish.

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1 cup pitted dates

1 cup rolled oats

2tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup unflavored/vanilla/chocolate protein powder

a pinch of salt

3-4tbsp milk

1/2-1tsp peppermint extract

1/2 cup walnut

1/4 cup almonds

1tbsp flaxseed

50g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks

desiccate/shredded coconut, to garnish

fresh mint, roughly chopped, to garnish

  • Grease and line a loaf tin with baking parchment or a small square tin.
  • Whizz the dates in the food processor until finely chopped and they are starting to stick together. Then add in the oats, cocoa powder, protein powder, salt, milk and peppermint extract and whizz again until all combined and smooth.
  • Finally add the walnuts, almonds, flaxseed and dark chocolate chunks and whizz one last time until the nuts are pretty finely chopped.
  • The mixture should be quite sticky and form a ball in your hand easily. If it’s too dry add a bit more milk.
  • Crumble the mixture all over the prepared tin and press down lightly with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the top with coconut and chopped mint.
  • Place another sheet of baking parchment over the top and use a short glass to roll out the mixture evenly.
  • Place in the freezer for a couple hours or until the bars have hardened.
  • Remove and cut into fingers. Store in the freezer.

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