Banana Chocolate Puffed Rice Bars


Puffed Rice Squares

Marshmallow Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, modified cornstarch, dextrose, water, gelatin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, natural and artificial flavor, blue 1

Ain't nobody got time for those ingredients!  This is why I put a healthy twist on a not so healthy old favourite.  This recipe focuses on the power of whole foods.

  • raw cacao - an amazing source of antioxidants and minerals

  • dates - an unrefined way to get that sweet taste. They contain fibre, minerals, and vitamins unlike white sugar

  • sesame seeds - a great source of protein, fat, and fibre

  • hemp hearts - a great source of protein and essential fatty acids, it aids in both repair and growth


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Ingredients

You will need:

  • a food processor or immersion blender (a blender will work too but it is a very thick consistency)

  • a large mixing bowl

  • a small casserole dish

  • spatula

  • parchment paper

Dry Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of puffed brown rice

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts

  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (+ extra for sprinkling on top)

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 10 pitted dates, roughly 1/2 a cup, soaked in water for 10 minutes

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 small ripe banana

  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used an unsweetened almond hazelnut)

  • Nut milk as needed, 1 - 3 tbsp depending on softness of the dates

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



Directions

  • Start by soaking a 1/2 a cup of dates in water for 10 minutes. While the dates are soaking combine the brown rice cereal, sesame seeds, cacao nibs, and hemp hearts in a large mixing bowl

  • In a separate bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, soaked dates (drained), nut butter, banana, and vanilla extract

  • Process until silky smooth. You want it to be nice and thick/ooey & gooey. If the wet ingredients are not mixing well, add 1-3 tbsp of nut milk.

  • Combine both the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well

  • Line a small casserole dish with parchment paper press down contents with a spatula until nice and even

  • Top with a small handful of cacao nibs

  • Let set in the fridge or freezer for at least an hour

  • Slice into 12 squares and enjoy


Puffed Rice Bars
Banana Puffed Rice Bars

Disclaimer: the information provided in this post is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.