Chocolate-Gingersnap Fall Bars
Winter spiced Chocolate-Gingersnap Bars perfect for the holiday season. A healthy granola bar filled with chunks of hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and pecans, and seasoned with holiday spices.
I've got to say -- I think this has been the most highly requested recipe from my Instagram page! You guys seem to love your chocolatey bars! And I'm right there with ya. I wanted to bring you a bar that's simple to make, stays hard and doesn't crumble into a million pieces ( been there, done that...way too many times) and is packed with nutrition from the trifecta of nuts - hazelnuts, pecans and pumpkin seeds.
Now these chocolate bars are delicious just as, but you're getting a two-for-one here -- add in some holiday spices for a seasonal chocolate + nut bar! And since I've got your back, wrap these sweet bars up as holiday gifts! I mean, I would be feeling pretty lucky if one of my friends brought me homemade Chocolate-Gingersnap Bars :)
For the Chocolate-Gingersnap Bars
Serves: 10-12 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour in freezer
Ingredients for the bars:
1 & 1/4 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup pecans
Ingredients for the gingersnap spice mix:
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
First add the coconut oil, cacao and dates into the food processor and blend until well combined, about 1 minute. Then add in the nuts, seeds and spices, and pulse until they are mixed into the batter, but still remain crunchy. Now pour the batter onto a lined baking pan ( I used a 8x8 pan). Press the batter into the pan - keeping the bars in 3/4 inch thick pieces - and sprinkle the top with extra nuts and seeds. Store the bars in the freezer for an hour. Cut them into squares and enjoy! I like to store mine in the freezer or fridge to stay cool.
I hope you guys love these little holiday treats! I'm planning to wrap them up as little gifts during the holiday season for friends and family. And if you make these please tag me on Instagram @marie.reginato! xx