Dark chocolate-covered chia berry jam and oaty peanut butter bars 

These are delicious and so satisfying to your chocolate dessert desires and whims! For a small snack like an energy bar, or even a fully fledged cake, they’re perfect. The best part is the fact they taste great, but a close second would be the fact that they’re so not bad. They are…healthy? I’d say so. There’s not much in them that is bad for you — “dark chocolate is good for your heart” and the other ingredients are also good for you! Win-win.  After watching a series of films, namely ‘Food Matters’ ‘Fed Up’ ‘Vegucated’ and ‘Forks Over Knives’ a few weeks ago, I can say, without exaggerating, that they have… Changed. My. Life. Haha. But seriously, I have ultimately changed my diet a little by eating better: more whole foods, non-processed and a drastic reduction in refined sugars (Au Revoir Nutella swirled vanilla ice cream complete with toffee sauce), and also by eating a Pescatarian diet (with the aim of making more Vegan choices i.e almond or coconut milk instead of cows milk). I highly recommend those films as they are so interesting. For now, however, here’s the recipe for no-bake cake bars/energy bars! CHIAers…(Chia + cheers…no…ok)

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Preparation time:

35-45 minutes

Cooking time:

Not necessary!

Serves:

Depends on the size of the tin but around 6 bars or 12 cubes

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You will need…

(For the base)

🌸100g rolled oats

🌸120g peanut butter (crunchy or smooth) (or almond butter)

🌸1 tbsp honey (optional)

(For the jam)
🌸300g of berries (e.g I used blueberries, red currant berries, strawberries and raspberries (even though strawberries and raspberries aren’t technically berries…)

🌸3 tbsp Chia seeds

(For the chocolate)
🌸80-100g bar of dark chocolate

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How to make:
For the base…

1) Blend the rolled oats in a blender until powdery. In a separate bowl, mix them with the peanut butter and honey. Make sure it is combined well and there’s no oats left out of the mixture. Cut out a piece of baking paper for the bottom of the container for ease of removal when you come to cut it (this is me speaking in sorrowful hindsight who took upwards of 10 minutes trying to free the cake). Transfer to a square base tin/tub and pack down with the back of a spoon (make sure it’s level). Set aside in the fridge while you make the jam.


For the jam…

1) Weigh the 300g of berries and mash them with the back of a fork; leave some pieces of fruit partly whole to give texture. Drain any excess liquid that is too runny with the back of a fork over a cup (keep for a drink of delicious pure fruit juice). Add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to the fruit and set aside for 10 minutes to allow the seeds to gel and absorb juice.


2) Spread evenly over the peanut butter and oat base.


For the chocolate…
1) In a wide-based dish, break the chocolate and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and continue to heat for periods of 30 seconds until fully melted and smooth.

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2) Be quick in pouring and spreading the chocolate over the jam, making sure it’s equal and to the edges.

3) Leave out in a cold room for the chocolate to set or alternatively refrigerate. After, cut into bars and enjoy a wonderfully healthy alternative to shelf-bought energy bars or can I call these…cakes? …yes.


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And that’s it! Present yourself with choco-tastic fruity and nutty cake-inspired energy bars and enjoy!

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