September 21, 2013

Healthy Frozen Bars!


For a long time now, I've wanted to do those energy bites that lots of people are making lately. They don’t just look delicious, but apparently they are super healthy and a great snack.


When I saw that this month’s theme for the Recipe Redux was “No-cook desert”, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to make those energy bites. I had the great idea of stuffing them with raspberries and blueberries, but then, kitchen mistakes happen. The dough was not holding up together while I was trying to assemble it into little balls. But you know what they say, “turn mistakes into opportunities”. I turned the wanna-be energy bites into these delicious frozen bars. It was definitely a good mistake because this past week was pretty warm in Montreal and these frozen bars where the perfect snack or dessert. Plus, as always, super healthy and delicious.


Yields about 10 bars.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Refrigeration time: 2 hours.

Ingredients:
For bottom layer:
-1 cup rolled oats
-1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-2/3 cup peanut butter
-2 tablespoons honey

For top layer:
-170g raspberries
-170g blueberries
-1 cup 0% Greek yogurt
-2 tablespoons honey

Kitchin-it!

Bottom layer:
1. In a medium bowl, add oats, cranberries, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Mix well.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and microwave for 15 seconds to soften it. Then add it to the mixture above along with the honey. Mix well with the help of a spoon (or even better, with your hands!)
3. Line an 8-inch dish with parchment paper. Add the mixture and press VERY tightly with the help of your knuckles.


Top layer:
1. In a blender, add the raspberries, blueberries, yogurt and honey. Blend until well combined.
2. Add this mixture on top of the bottom layer.



3. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. TIP: bring out of the freezer 30 minutes before serving to allow the top layer to soften a little; otherwise it will be very hard.
4. Cut into rectangles. If the bottom layer is too crumbly, feel free to add some of it on top.

5. Enjoy it!


10 comments:

  1. Look how pretty these are! Love that you wrote about your 'mistake'...looks likes a delicious one! I'll make for the crust alone...yum!

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  2. The colour in this is amazing! my kids would love it, will definitely be giving it a go, yum!

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    1. Thank you Nikki! My thoughts exactly, kids would love this! I hope yours like it as much as I do! :)

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  3. Your "mstake" looks so inviting. Love the color combination and they look so healthy. Yummy.

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    1. Thank you Dr Barb! They really were yummy :)

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  4. Wow! What a cool idea to add raspberries and blueberries to the energy bites. Must be the yogurt that made it too wet. But honestly I think it's great that now you have this (completely beautiful) recipe and another one to perfect still. Good problem solving.

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    1. Thanks Katie! Actually, the yogurt came after the mistake, but I’m also glad it happened :)

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