The perfect afternoon pick-me-up is some chocolate. These Dark Chocolate Cherry Oat Bars totally satisfy my chocolate craving. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. Plus, I’m sure you know that chocolate is packed with antioxidants! A good quality dark chocolate will contain extra flavanols and fiber compared to other types of chocolate. Flavanols are a phytonutrient that may be beneficial for heart health. One ounce of dark chocolate contains 2 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar (less than other chocoalte) and 13 mg of calcium.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Oat Bars
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup agave
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
In a microwave safe bowl melt together the almond butter and agave for about 30 seconds. Add more time if needed. In a large bowl, combine oats, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt. Add warm almond butter and agave mixture. Next, stir in dried cherries and chocolate chips. The chocolate chips should melt some from the warm almond butter mixture. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Press oat mixture into the dish and freeze for one hour. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.
Number of servings: 9 | Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 207, total fat: 11 g, total carbohydrates: 41 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 8 g, protein: 6 g
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