Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars

 

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So it has come to my attention that there aren’t any recipes thus far with even an ounce of chocolate! Shame on me! All though these SUPER ADDICTIVE bars have two sources of chocolate, I can’t take any credit for them! This is an adapted recipe created by my sister, Rachel! She has been allergic to peanut butter her whole life.  It wasn’t until recently that we were able to find an almond butter that wasn’t processed and manufactured on the same equipment as peanuts.  Of course it’s even more expensive than regular almond butter, but hey, at least she finally get’s to eat a nut spread!

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In case you’re curious as to which completely peanut-free almond butter my sister uses, the brand is called Barney Butter and it costs about $14 for a 16 oz jar at Whole Foods.

These bars are fudgy and satisfy that sweet and salty craving! Despite the sugar, which I eat way to much of, they are a great protein bar.  The almond butter, almond milk and oatmeal provide great protein and fiber.  Slightly better for you than a Snickers bar.

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These bars can be anything you want – add different chocolate, nuts, candies, whatever floats your boat! Personally I wouldn’t change them, they were that good!

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Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars Recipe:
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Creamy Almond Butter
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 C. All Purpose Flour
1 C. Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Almond Milk or Regular Milk
1/3 C. Semisweet Chocolate Chips
2/3 C. Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins

Preheat oven to 350.

Instructions:
1. Grease an 8×8 baking dish and lay parchment paper on top to insure the bars come out. Set aside.

2. In a stand/hand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the brown sugar and almond butter. If your almond butter is super thick, zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Scrap down the sides of the bowl as needed.

3. On medium speed, add the flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Don’t worry, it will come together! Slowly add the almond milk, mixing until the dough comes together. Mix in the chocolate chips and chocolate covered raisins. Use your hands if needed.

4. Press the finished dough evenly throughout the baking dish. Bake for 17-20 minutes. The bars will look slightly golden brown. Cut into squares, when completely cooled and enjoy!

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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We hope you love these! They are AWESOME!

xo,
Marlee & Rachel

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