Yes, a caffeinated snack. I was in MoM’s Organic Market on Tuesday and I picked up a “Coffee Bar” by a company called New grounds. It was made of the usual Lara Bar-ish ingredients but with ground coffee! I had it the next day for breakfast and fell in love. However, like all my favorite packaged goods, it was very expensive at $2.99 for just one small bar. I decided that I would just make my own variation based on what was already in my pantry. Here is What I used:
- 1/2 cup of gluten free oats
- 1 tbsp of finely ground espresso
- 2 tbsp of coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 8 dates
- 3 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of almond butter
Using a heavy duty blender or food processor start with the oats and pulse until you have the consistency of a chunky flour. Keep adding the indgredients in the order above, pulsing as you go. When you are done you should have a thick and very delicious dough. It is encouraged to lick spoons here.
Now you can table whopping tablespoon servings, roll them into a ball and place on a plate with parchment. Once you’ve created your pops, place them in the fridge on parchment. After a few hours the almond butter and coconut oil will harden and you can transfer to a Tupperware. Store these in the fridge and they can last as long as you need them to, however they won’t. They are so decadent. I felt like I was having dessert for breakfast at 6:00 am with a big steaming cup of coffee.
If you are often on the go or need an afternoon pick me up these are a great little jolt for your day. As always they are gluten free and contain no added sugars. These are a good balance of healthy protein, fat and carbohydrate. So if you need a light boost before a morning or afternoon workout these would be perfect. I think they are best enjoyed with a cup (or two) of Joe.