In Workout Routine #1, I mentioned that I had made some super scrumptious spiced chai bars. Well, here I am, as promised, with a post dedicated to those very bars. It was a cold and wintery morning here in Connecticut (as is the case most of the year…), and I was wide awake and hungry for something warm and comforting. Sure, I could have simply followed a recipe from one of many cookbooks that are a part of my massive collection. But if you know me at all, you’d know that I haven’t really followed a recipe since I was probably 6 or 7 years old. It’s just not my style. So instead, I threw into a bowl whatever I had around the house that would create the aroma and taste that I was craving. And there was born the Spiced Chai Bars.
Date paste (15 unsweetened dates + ¼ cup warm water, blended in a high speed blender/food processor)
¼ cup coconut flour
¾ cup almond flour
¼ cup ground flax
¼ cup chopped raw almonds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
¼ cup all natural almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 packet chai protein powder (I used Raw Vanilla Spiced Chai)
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
It seems like a lot of ingredients, but here’s the brilliant part… dump them all into a bowl, mix em’ up, toss it all into a baking dish (8” x 8”) greased with coconut oil, and press down with your fingers to level it out. Pop it into a 350F oven for about 20 minutes. And you’re done! They are slightly crisp when they first cool, but if you store them at room temperature, they soften to a perfectly delectable texture.
Not that anyone is counting (I hope!), but here’s the breakdown…
Makes 12 bars, per bar:
110% pure deliciousness
Until next time, happy noshing!