Spiced Chai Bars

In Workout Routine #1, I mentioned that I had made some super scrumptious spiced chai bars.  Well, here I am, as promised, with a post dedicated to those very bars.  It was a cold and wintery morning here in Connecticut (as is the case most of the year…), and I was wide awake and hungry for something warm and comforting.  Sure, I could have simply followed a recipe from one of many cookbooks that are a part of my massive collection.  But if you know me at all, you’d know that I haven’t really followed a recipe since I was probably 6 or 7 years old.  It’s just not my style.  So instead, I threw into a bowl whatever I had around the house that would create the aroma and taste that I was craving.  And there was born the Spiced Chai Bars.

Ingredients

Date paste (15 unsweetened dates + ¼ cup warm water, blended in a high speed blender/food processor)

¼ cup coconut flour

¾ cup almond flour

¼ cup ground flax

¼ cup chopped raw almonds

¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds

¼ cup all natural almond butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 packet chai protein powder (I used Raw Vanilla Spiced Chai)

3 tablespoons hot coffee

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ teaspoon salt

It seems like a lot of ingredients, but here’s the brilliant part… dump them all into a bowl, mix em’ up, toss it all into a baking dish (8” x 8”) greased with coconut oil, and press down with your fingers to level it out.  Pop it into a 350F oven for about 20 minutes.  And you’re done!  They are slightly crisp when they first cool, but if you store them at room temperature, they soften to a perfectly delectable texture.

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I topped mine with some pumpkin seed butter. I was a happy camper :)

Not that anyone is counting (I hope!), but here’s the breakdown…

Makes 12 bars, per bar:

160 calories

10g carbohydrate

4g fiber

12g fat

6g protein

110% pure deliciousness :)

Until next time, happy noshing!

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