Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

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On Monday I officially completed my first 21 day-sugar-detox. Yeah, the beginning sucked, but once I got to the third week, it really wasn’t that bad. Most people would think that come the day it ended, you would just want to indulge in whatever sweets, fruits, or wine you could get your hands on, but no, you really don’t. Thats the point of the detox, if you are not familiar, it is to get your body to not be dependent on the consumption of sugar by eliminating all added sugars, and many natural sugars with a few exceptions for 3 weeks. You’d be surprised at some of the stuff that has added sugars, even if its “healthy” sugars. I didn’t wake up on monday craving a donut or candy bar. I was excited to be able to try the maple almond butter cups I had made the week before for some of my friends though, but I wasn’t craving it. I would definitely do this again when I feel my body is becoming more sugar dependent. I could talk about the benefits I felt from it, but I’ll just move on.

While doing the detox, I was still coming up with different recipe ideas I wanted to try. The ones that included fruits or added sugars I held off on until it was over because I didn’t want to make something, and not be able to try it. I get way too paranoid about giving people food that I have not tried, just incase it look appealing, but tastes like junk. This was one of them I had thought of, and I lucked out. Granolas bars are something I always have fun coming up with, even when they don’t always stick together properly, or they are sup par with flavor on the first attempt, but I personally think I nailed this one on the first try (not to brag). It’s a little sweet, a little rich, and a little nutty. Plus, it includes chocolate. Need I say more?

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

  • Servings: varies
  • Time: 45minutes
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Ingredients:
½ Cup Almonds, Chopped
½ Cup Peanuts, Chopped
½ Cup Pecans, Chopped
½ Cup Cashews, Chopped
¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds
2 Tbs Chia Seeds
¼ Cup Almond Butter
1/3 Cup Honey
½ Cup Dried Cherries
2 Tbs + ½ Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2Tbs Coconut Oil, Melted
2 Tbs Shredded Coconut
Directions:
     Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
     In a large mixing bowl combine, almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds.
     Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and pour nut mixture on, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 minutes.
     While nuts are baking, combine almond butter, honey dried cherries, 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips, vanilla, coconut oil, and shredded coconut in the large mixing bowl.
Once nuts are done, dump them into bowl with the rest of ingredients. Make sure it gets mixed very well.
     Taking an 8×8 pan, place parchment paper on bottom with a little extra to come up along edges. Pour the last half cup of chocolate chips onto the parchment, and place in oven until chocolate chips have melted.
     Once they are melted, use a spatula to evenly spread the chocolate on the parchment paper coving the entire bottom of the pan.
     While chocolate is still melted, dump in the nut mixture into the pan. Evenly spread it out, and place another piece of parchment paper (or piece used for the nuts) on top to firmly press down the granola. You want to make sure it is well packed in order for it to stick together better.
     Once you have firmly packed the granola, place in the freezer for about 15 minute, or until chocolate and granola have become firm.
     Cut into desired size bars, and store in refrigerator.
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5 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

  1. The granola sounds delicious. We used to call it going cold turkey. I must say calling it a sugar detox has a much more positive spin. I should go totally off sugar, too, but my kids log sit so. It’s much harder when your kids have it around.

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    1. Yeah, my boyfriend eats a lot of sugar, but me doing it actually influenced him to cut back. There are some foods with sugars that are allowed, like one green apple a day. Let me know how it goes if you do try it, or want any recipe suggestions for it!

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