Being healthy doesn’t’ mean having to give up delicious treats but it does sometimes mean a little extra work to get them. These chocolate bars take a couple more steps than our usual recipes but are well worth the extra effort and still easy to make.
You may have noticed that we often advocate using chocolate in our recipes. Studies repeatedly show that dark chocolate benefits our health – particularly cardiovascular health, reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and platelet aggregation. In short it’s heart healthy. It’s also believed to help balance blood sugar levels – despite the sugar that’s added to it.
Good quality dark chocolate has a higher antioxidant potential than most fruit and vegetables including blueberries, cherries and broccoli. But try to buy organic chocolate. The cacao tree is notoriously hard to grow and so the cocoa bean is one of the highest pesticide-laden crops.
We like to make a big batch of these bars and freeze them so we have a good supply to hand when we feel like something sweet. The best thing is that the date ‘caramel’ stays soft even when frozen so they can be eaten directly from the freezer – no waiting time for defrosting needed.
They are always a hit after a dinner party and are a great, nutritious way to satisfy and cravings. We absolutely love the biscuit base which we also use for our chocolate hobnobs. The combination of oats, chia seeds and almonds helps keep you fuller for longer and also provides a good dose of protein and healthy fats.
The date paste can be made in advance and kept in the freezer as a healthier sweetener to have to hand as a sugar substitute in recipes. Although high in natural sugars, the paste is also rich in fibres and minerals and is much healthier than actual sugar.
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