Cacao/chocolate can be a source of heavy metals like lead and cadmium. With lead so prevalent in our water and food supplies, and linked to myriad health consequences like anemia, fatigue, neurotoxicity (lower IQ, behavior issues), lowered sperm count, and miscarriages, I try to avoid it when it is easily within my control. I ask brands of chocolate for their heavy metal testing certificate of analysis and use ones that test low.
This treat is Dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and a hit with my kids (and me!)
p.s. If you like the bars to be harder so that it doesn't melt so easily in the heat, omit the coconut oil and half the almond butter. If you have almond allergies, sub for sunflower seed butter.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
2 cups chocolate chips - if you want a sweeter bar, use sweetened chocolate chips. I personally love dark chocolate so I use unsweetened, but it can be bitter and less appealing for kids. (I like Santa Barbara Cacao fruit for unsweetened or their Coconut blossom for sweetened, (discount code below).
1 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter or seed butter)
1/2 tsp stevia powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract or powder
3 cups grain puffs (I use either millet, quinoa, or rice)
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or over the stove (bring an inch of water to boil in a saucepan, then place the chocolate chips in a bowl, and place it inside the saucepan, stirring to melt, careful not to let it get too hot)
Add the vanilla extract, stevia, and almond butter to the melted chocolate, and stir to combine evenly.
Mix in the millet, quinoa, or rice puffs, stir to combine evenly
Pour mixture into a lined 9×9 baking dish
Place it into the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Once firmed in the fridge, cut into slices and then keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
Brands I use:
Chocolate chips - Santa Barbara Chocolate - I'm not an affiliate, but got a code platefulhealth for 10% off
Almond butter - Wild soil - also have a non-affiliated code platefulhealth1 for 10% off - these are regeneratively farmed almonds, which in my opinion is even better than organic, this is the best tasting almonds/almond butter we've ever tried, and it's probably because of the way it is farmed to respect soil quality.
Stevia powder - Mountain Rose organic stevia. I don't like the bleached, processed stevia, and prefer to use dried whole leaves that have been ground into a powder.
Quinoa puffs - local bulk bin, have not been able to find this online
Rice puffs - One-degree organics which I get from Thrivemarket (20% off your first order)
Vanilla extract - Costco or Kiva vanilla powder