Yes, Praise the Lord because such a thing does exist! You can be a lean, strong and toned Wildcat and STILL eat chocolate! And by this I mean real chocolate, as in minimum 75% cocoa solids, not the fat, sugar and additive filled rubbish that sits by the till in the supermarket. I’m talking cacao in it’s natural state – packed full of antioxidants. These bars are perfect for a mid morning or afternoon snack in the office or on the go, or for a little treat after dinner when you fancy something sweet but don’t want to go crazy on the calorie front. The other great thing about them (yes there are many!) is that you can customise them to your taste – use different nuts, seeds and fruit until you find the bar that’s right for you! I used goji and mulberries in this recipe because of their health benefits – mulberries have a very high amount of protein for a fruit. They also contain resveratrol which is reported to have a brilliant anti ageing effect on the skin – yes these bars can even make you beautiful – what’s not to love?! 😉
2 x large bars of 85% cacao chocolate (I used Lindt)
2 x tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 x large tablespoon coconut oil
Large handful each of walnuts, pecans, cashews and sunflower seeds
Large handful of dried goji berries and mulberries
Chia seeds and raw coconut flakes to taste
Crush the nuts and seeds together – either using a rolling pin to do it by hand or pop them in the food processor and roughly blitz – you still want them relatively chunky. Lay the nut/seeds mixture on to greaseproof paper on a baking tray and heat in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the mix is starting to brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the berries over the top.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water – let it melt slowly and when it is almost completely melted stir in the cacao and coconut oil. Add the chia seeds and coconut flakes (as little or as much as you like) and then pour the melted chocolate mixture over the nut and berry mix, covering it completely. Pop the baking tray in the freezer for around 90 minutes, then remove and cut the chocolate into bite sized bars/squares. They will store in a container for up to a week. I dare you to try and make them last that long though!