I got this recipe from a friend's blog.* They have become quite popular around here, and I have made them many times! These bars got their name for a reason-- they are packed with protein, omega-3s, antioxidants and fiber, PLUS they are gluten-free and dairy-free! And now I must share it with you, because it's so easy, so healthy and sooooo delicious!
2 cups almond meal (or almonds ground up in a food processor)
1/4 cup flax meal/ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries or apricots
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (unrefined)
1-2 T honey
2-3 t vanilla
a few squares of dark chocolate or 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
Blend all dry ingredients plus almond butter together in a bowl.
Melt coconut oil and stir in honey and vanilla.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix until consistently moistened. It should be a thick gooey paste consistency. Press into a 8x8 square glass pan. Chill in fridge for an hour.
Melt chocolate and drizzle or spread over chilled bars. Return to the fridge for another 30 minutes.
You can also make substitutions if you want! Try natural peanut butter or different dried fruit. I even added chocolate protein powder once and made chocolate superbars! It's a really flexible recipe so have fun and enjoy! These bars pair really well with a cup of warm tea for a mid-afternoon snack.
*All photos and recipe taken from http://www.suziestudios.com/2012/02/18/superbars/