Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Does anyone else have a serious snacking problem during the summer?

Wait, don't answer that. I know you do. Especially if you have a sweet tooth like me!

Earlier this week, I made the granola bars I posted about a couple of weeks ago. And this time, I was lucky enough to score some alone time with them for a quick photo shoot before they disappeared in 2.5 minutes.

This time I added less sugar/butter and omitted the chocolate chips in an attempt to make them healthier. They were still super tasty and a little more crunchy. I actually preferred them that way!

Today, I tried a completely different granola bar approach. A ridiculously healthy approach. And yet, it still satisfied my sweet tooth. *Gasp*

Too good to be true.

Crunchy Chocolate Chia Seed Bars

Inspired by Emma's recipe

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/3 cup Grape Nuts cereal
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup (honey/maple syrup/agave will also work)
  • 1/8 cup chocolate chips 

In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and water. Allow it to set for a few minutes until it becomes a gel-like substance. This still amazes me.

Set the chia gel aside.

Either using a potato masher (like I did) or a rolling pin and ziploc bag, crush the Grape Nuts--not to a powder--but just roughly to a finer consistency. Pour the crushed cereal into a bowl and add the oats. Add the chia gel and stir. Then add the brown rice syrup.

Stir until the mixture is as uniform as possible. It's tricky considering the chia gel is very stubborn!!

Press the mixture onto a baking sheet (either greased or lined with foil).

Press the chocolate chips into the 'batter.'

Bake at 200F for 10-15 minutes. 

Allow to cool before cutting into it!

These bars have the best texture!! A combination of chewy, crunchy, light, and dense. Strange, but true. Oh, and chocolatey!

Chia seeds are the best for keeping you full!! What else could you ask for in a snack?! Actually, don't answer that.

What kinds of snacks do you grab during the day? Any suggestions on how to get this crazy snack craving under control?!

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