Super Seed and Dark Chocolate Squares (no bake, gluten-free)

Finding healthier snacks to have on hand can be a challenge. I need fast and easy recipes that everyone likes. This recipe fits that bill! My family loves them and they are super easy to make. Some of the ingredients include chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, raw honey, dark chocolate chips and oats. These are similar to a granola bar, but I honestly think they are better!

Chia Seeds - Chia seeds contain a high level of antioxidants which helps fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. Chia seeds contain more omega 3s per gram than salmon. Omega 3s protect the heart by lowering inflammation, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Pumpkin Seeds - Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, zinc, vitamin K, manganese, phosphorus, iron and heart healthy omega 3s. They are high in antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E.

Sunflower Seeds - Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. Selenium helps promote thyroid function.

Oats - Oats are loaded with manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iron, B1 and B5. Oats are high in antioxidants. One of the antioxidants is avenanthramides. Avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. Oats can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar control. Make sure you are buying organic oats. Oats are particularly high in glycophosate (an herbicide).

These Super Seed and Dark Chocolate Squares are:

perfectly sweet

full of healthy fats

chewy and crunchy

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Ingredients

1/3 cup raw honey

1/2 cup almond butter

2 cups quick oats (gluten-free if desired)

1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free if desired)

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Prep 10 minutes. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Method

  1. Line a 9” x 9” square dish with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, add 1/3 cup honey and 1/2 cup almond butter. Stir thoroughly.

  3. Add 2 cups quick oats, 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, sprinkle in 1/8 tsp sea salt. Stir thoroughly.

  4. Add to the parchment lined dish. Press firmly for two full minutes. It is important you press them into the pan well to ensure they stay together nicely.

  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

  6. When bars are set, slice into 16 squares and either leave in dish and cover to seal it or put them in a sealed container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. To store them in the freezer, separate each bar with a piece of parchment or wax paper and place in a sealed container for up to several months.

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