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Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Bars with Pomegranate


  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9-11 1x

Description

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Bars with Pomegranate {Vegan Friendly}


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds (clean and dried) Save some for topping.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vanilla pea protein powder or egg white protein/powder if you are paleo (see notes below for other options)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (use 1/2 cup if you want sweeter)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot water (purified)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grind up your almonds in food processor or vitamix
  3. Next add in the coconut and almost all of your pomegranate and grind again. Save a small handful of pomegranate seeds for later.
  4. Pour into a large bowl and mix in cocoa powder and pea protein or egg white protein (this is for volume).
  5. In a separate small mixing bowl. combine your honey or maple syrup, 1/2 cup of hot water, and vanilla. Stir all together and add to your dry ingredients..
  6. Add in your vanilla and Sea salt.
  7. I usually test batter here to see if it’s sweet enough.
  8. If they batter gets to thick, just add more hot water or even a little honey. If it’s too wet, add more powder or a flour of choice (such as coconut or peanut flour)
  9. Mix well with hands then press into a lined baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of your pomegranate seeds on top.
  10. Bake at 350F for 25- 30 minutes. Check at 25 minutes just in case your oven bakes fast.
  11. Makes anywhere between 9-12 bars. You choose size!

Notes

If you can’t find pea protein egg white protein (I used Jay Robbs), you can use chia flour, 100% whey protein isolate, or Brown Rice Protein. But the texture and the baking time will be a little different, so adjust accordingly.

if you can’t find egg white powder or egg white protein, you can use meringue powder but it will have more sugar. Just FYI

Serving size: 1 Calories: 250 Fat: 18 Saturated fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 7 Fiber: 5 Protein: 10

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