One of my avid STEP extraordinaire’s has been known to bring me an awesome healthy treat from time to time. I asked if I could share the recipe for this chili bar and OH MAN, you are in luck because she said YES. The combination of chili peppers + cinnamon + chocolate = AMAZING! I shared some of this treat with other people at the gym that day and they have been peddling me ever since to get the recipe.
I made them last night and it took me less then 15 minutes and Noah (my 5 year old) help me dump and stir all the dry ingredients.
2 cups whole almonds
2 cups coconut desiccated (I used shredded unsweetened coconut because we have a bulk size bag)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 cups fresh dates
1/4 cup coconut butter (oil)
3/4 cup cacao or cocoa or carob powder
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chili flakes (I accidentally used 1 tsp and it did the trick)
1 tsp pink Himalayan or sea salt
1 tbsp vanilla bean (I used liquid vanilla)
1. Pulse almonds in food processor until just roughly chopped. Place in a large bowl.
2. Add coconut, cocoa or carob powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt, and chili flakes to your almonds and combine.
3. Add your vanilla and coconut butter to your dry ingredients and mix with your hands until evenly distributed.
4. Pit your dates, and process in the food processor until you get a paste. It does not have to be totally smooth, just broken down. You may add the juice of an orange if your dates are dry.
5. Mix your dates into the dry mixture until fully combined. You can add more liquid if the mixture does not come together easily (I had to add a tablespoon of water).
6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Press your bar mixture into the tray in an even layer. Score your bars.
I stuck them in the freezer for 15 minutes and then transferred them using the parchment paper to a cutting board which made them very easy to cut and portion out. We are also storing them in the fridge cause the portion is enough that it will take us a couple days to eat them.
Added health bonus: Chili and Cinnamon are known to stoke your metabolism. Cocoa has antioxidant power. Almonds are packed with protein and healthy fat that slow the absorption of sugars into your system. Dates are full of fiber and energy. YEAH for REAL and GOOD food!
Let me know how it turns out for you.