Chocolate Black Bean Bars
I’m a snacker for sure — I strongly prefer snacking every few hours over eating larger, infrequent meals.
Because of this, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate different food groups (whole grains, veggies, nuts, etc.) into snack form.
A particularly challenging food group to snackify is legumes — aside from hummus and chickpeas crunchies, there aren’t many whole-food snacks out there that leverage lentils and beans.
This is where the bean-based energy bar fits in.
Beans provide a really great basis for energy bars, bringing bulk and even creaminess to the mix. And just like other energy bars, bean-based, homemade energy bars are easy to store (and can last a long time when stored in the fridge or freezer), and they’re easy to take on the go.
Unlike other energy bars, however, bean-based energy bars (at least the ones presented here) are not laden with sugar and refined ingredients. Simply put, they are both delicious and healthy!
Chocolate Bean Bars
A healthy, chocolatey energy bar
- 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 medjool dates (pitted)
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup chopped or slivered almonds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Place dates in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave for 30 seconds.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
Drain and rinse the black beans.
Add all ingredients (except chopped almonds) to a food processor, and blend well.
Add chopped almonds, and mix manually or lightly with food processor (enough to mix; not to grind the nuts).
Add mixture to baking pan, ensuring that it is spread evenly.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.