Omega-3 Chocolate Chip Larabars

For the few people that follow my blog and responded so positively to my birthday post last week, thank you! Even though I was going to post it anyway, I still thought about what kind of hate and negativity I could receive. However, I have only heard wonderful, thoughtful things, and I am so grateful to be surrounded by such loving people! I guess I'll have to become more famous before people start sending me hate mail! (Although maybe I might be picking up some traction...)

My birthday was a wonderful day! I basically did nothing because I was really tired (especially after the launch of the Park Rx Initiative on Sunday! By the way, here are links to our Facebook and Twitter pages!)! I celebrated by going to sleep at 8:45 p.m. and getting 10 and a half hours of sleep! I think that's a great way to start my crazy 20s!

I also somehow got myself through finals week. I guess it really wasn't that bad, but I'm wiped out from this semester in general. You know, I really think I only got through because I made, wait for it... THESE OMEGA-3 CHOCOLATE CHIP LARABARS! (How's that for a transition?)

To begin, these are awesome because chocolate. Secondly, they pack in a lot of healthy fat from walnuts, pecans, and chia seeds as well as sweet, caramel-y goodness from dates. With a little bit of vanilla extract, they're just like chocolate chip cookies! You won't believe that they're pretty good for you because they taste so good! And chocolate. Chocolate always wins.

They're super easy to make, so you will have lots of time to check off the rest of the things on your To Do list, and you'll have the energy to get it all done (with a smile on your face because chocolate)!

Please head to your kitchen (or grocery story if you need to buy the ingredients) to make some of these now because I really need to take a nap. xD

Omega-3 Chocolate Chip Larabars

Makes however many you want depending on how you cut it! I made 16

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup of walnuts

1 cup of pecans

1/4 c. chia seeds

approximately 26 dates, pitted (if your dates are kind of hard, you should soak them in water for a little while first)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

water as needed

Directions:

  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside
  2. Add the nuts to a food processor and start to break them down.
  3. When the nuts have reached a gravel-y, coarse consistency, stop the food processor. Add the dates, chia seeds, and vanilla extract. Put the lid back on the bowl and start to process again.
  4. If you're having trouble getting the mixture to come together, add water one tablespoon at a time until you get a sticky ball of dough that will hold together in a ball.
  5. Dump the contents of the food processor into a medium sized bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips. If you're having a hard time getting them to work in, you can push them into the mixture once you put it into your prepared pan.
  6. Press the mixture into the prepared pan as condensed as possible. Place the pan in the fridge or freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the bars to set.
  7. Remove the pan from the fridge and take dough out of the pan using the edges of the foil (don't have to clean that dish!). Cut them into bars or squares. Honestly, you can do whatever you want. Roll them into energy bites or break out the cookie cutters and go crazy.
  8. Wrap the bars up individually and store them in the fridge or freezer.
My soul is from elsewhere- I’m sure of that. And I intend to end up there.
— Rumi

P.S. Happy Birthday to my lovely Mother, and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there this Sunday!