Chewy, Buttery Almond Bars with Chia Seeds

Buttery, chewy Almond Bars drizzled with a healthy dose of chocolate!

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These six-ingredient Almond Bars with Chia Seeds may taste like your traditional chocolate chip cookies, but they’re packed with more healthy fats and antioxidants (thanks to the almond butter and chia seeds).

Chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses filled with fiber and a healthy omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids ratio. In this recipe, these versatile seeds are the secret ingredient to keeping the bars eggless! Instead of using eggs, the recipe uses a “chia egg.” Don’t worry, this part is super simple. To make the chia egg, combine chia seeds with water and let them sit for 5-10 minutes. The chia seeds will soak up the water and plump up into a gel-like substance. It’s a wonderful baking substitute if you’re sensitive to eggs or simply want to change up your diet.

The recipe also calls for ground chia seeds to help thicken up the bars. If you have whole chia seeds, simply grind them in a blender or food processor before soaking them.

To start, combine all ingredients in a bowl, omitting the “chia egg.” Then stir in the chia egg, blending it into the ingredients. Transfer the batter to a baking pan, smooth it into an even layer, let it bake for 20 minutes, and then cool in the pan for another 20 minutes.

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When the bars cool, create the chocolate drizzle by melting chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler. Drizzle that delectable goodness over the bars. Slice into 12 bars and devour immediately while warm.

Enjoy these Almond Chia Bars as a healthy snack or quick breakfast, taking caution not to eat them all at once. They’re addictive!

Chewy, Buttery Almond Bars with Chia Seeds

  • 8×8 baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Small bowl
  • Double boiler pot

For the Bars:

  • 1 cup creamy, unsalted almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ T ground chia seeds
  • 5 T water
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ¼ t sea salt

For the Drizzle:

  • 4oz raw dark chocolate
  • 1 t coconut oil
  • For the Bars: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, layering paper in a crisscross pattern. This makes removing the bars out of the pan easy!
  • Add chia seeds to a small bowl with water. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to thicken.
  • In a medium bowl, mix coconut sugar, almond butter, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Next, stir in chia seed mixture.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Spread into an even layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for another 20 minutes before lifting the bars out by the sides of the parchment paper.
  • For the Chocolate Drizzle: Using a double boiler, melt chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. Stir to keep it from burning.
  • Drizzle chocolate over the bars and sprinkle extra chia seeds on top.

Tips:

  • When spreading the batter, wet your spatula to help prevent it from sticking to the batter.
  • Ground flax works equally well in the recipe as a substitute for the chia seeds.

Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here are a few we’d recommend:
Organic Creamy Almond Butter (Thrive Market)
Organic Chia Seeds (Thrive Market)
Organic Dark Chocolate Chips (Thrive Market)


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Source: Paleo Hacks