BITES OUT OF HALE

Saying goodbye to sweets can be one of the hardest things to do when you have a sweet tooth. I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than a piece of chocolate after dinner (OK, let’s be honest. After ANYTHING!). This sent me on a mission to turn my bite of chocolate into a power house of healthy deliciousness. Let’s take a bite out of hale together and show our sweet tooth whose boss. Nothing is better than making your treats from scratch. I personally love the satisfaction of knowing that I created my food and that I “earned” it. With just a few easy steps you eliminate the unknown ingredients that you get from a store bought treat and can customize them to your taste. When you put love and hard work (or easy work) into your food, no matter what it is, it gives that treat or meal a little something extra special. It’s also fun to make with your family and friends; and even easy enough to make with your kids!

What you’ll need:

12oz. Package of Dark Chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)

1 TSP MCT oil (or coconut oil)

2 TBS Flaxseed Meal

1 TBS Chia Seeds

1 TBS Hemp Hearts

2 scoops of your favorite chocolate (or unflavored) protein powder – I used plant protein.

1 1/2 C. Quinoa Puffs

2 TBS Hulled Sunflower Seeds

2 TBS Hulled Pumpkin Seeds

1 Pot

1 Glass Bowl

1 Baking Pan or Flat Dish

Parchment Paper

Beneficial Fun Facts:

Dark Chocolate – Known to protect your heart and lower blood sugar.

MCT (coconut oil) – A pure source of fat that keeps your skin smooth and your mind sharp.

Flaxseed – Filled with good fats and antioxidants to protect your muscles and and heart.

Chia – An antioxidant rich seed that is packed with Protein and fiber.

Hemp – Omega fatty acids and a great source of iron.

Protein – Keeps muscles strong and lean.

Quinoa – A gluten free, high antioxidant that is filled will Protein and anti-inflammatory properties.

Sunflower Seeds – Increases your mood to make you shine like the sun and protects your heart.

Pumpkin Seeds – High in Protein and goods fats that promotes a healthy body and restful sleep.

Directions:

THE SET UP

You are going to want to make a double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a slightly smaller pot filled with boiling water. While your water is boiling set up a baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over on either end.


I. Once the water starts to boil, dump the chocolate and oil into the glass bowl and stir slowly until you get a smooth consistency.


 

II. Add the Flaxseed meal, Chia Seeds and hemp hearts. Stir together and add in the Protein powder and Quinoa puffs. Stir until all ingredients are well blended and take it off the heat and set aside for 2-3 minutes to cool.


III. Pour chocolate mixture into your pan and flatten to your desired thickness. I like it around 1/4in.


IV. Sprinkle with the sunflower and pumpkin seeds (feel free to add as much or little as you like). This is where you can get creative and add your favorite seeds or nuts!


V. Cover with the left over parchment and press gently with anything flat your might have (a small pan or perhaps a roller). Then stick it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.


VI. Take chocolate out and wait 3-5 minutes before cutting. Cut to desired size (mine are about 2x2in.) and enjoy!!! Keep in the fridge.


NUTRITION FACTS:   Calories: 33     Protein: 2     Fat: 1     Carb: 3

Based on cutting into 32 pieces. Numbers will change based on brands and ingredient alterations.

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