I know some of you are just getting warmed up to the idea of pumpkin and apple treats… And here I am with a Halloween recipe! This recipe is not like your run-of-the-mill treat that Halloween is known for, but instead it’s also a healthy treat that won’t make you be frightened by your waistline (no pun HA!). ☺
The never-ending deluge of Halloween junk can make it hard to stick to any healthy eating resolutions. I mean Halloween is right around the corner and it’s all about CANDY, CANDY, CANDY! From entire supermarket aisles to office reception desks, the sweet stuff is everywhere! I don’t know about you, but I have no self-control. Which is why I try to surround myself with satisfying snacks that won’t spook my waistline. 😛
So, how can I make a candy bar healthy you ask? Well, after checking out the endless amounts of healthy snacks and swaps that I could possibly make on Nuts.com I knew exactly what to make. Nuts.com healthy snacks page had great ingredients that I had no idea existed. Puffed quinoa? Cashew butter? What?!
So I went out on a limb and decided to make something that I would normally never make. A healthier version of the crunch bar. I knew that cashew butter was super creamy and vegans use it as their secret weapon. Puffed quinoa is full of fiber and other nutritional benefits that make your tummy happy. And coconut oil? Don’t even get me started!
This recipe is easy, just mix everything together, pour into a baking pan, freeze and voila, candy!
This crunch bar is full of nutritional benefits to help with digestion and give you energy all day long. You will be more than satisfied and you didn’t even have to sacrifice anything after all! It’s a vegan/gluten free treat and no one will ever know.
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Cashew Butter and Quinoa Crunch Candy Bar
1 cup Cashew butter, natural, (optional: add bits of cashew nuts for a crunchier bar!)
2 cup Puffed Quinoa
2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup pure Maple Syrup
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cashew butter. After the wet ingredients are combined and mixed well, add in the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Then mix in the quinoa.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper, pour the mixture onto the lined baking pan and freeze for about 20 minutes.
Break apart and enjoy!