Saturday night movie snacks

Saturday movie night has us watching The Kingsmen.  Normally, I  am not into action type films, but hey this one has Colin Firth, so how can I resist.  I know many of us have the habit of having a snack while watching a movie, whether it be in a theatre or at home.  More often than not, this snack is not a very healthy one; bowl of chips, butter laden popcorn, or what could be easier than breaking open a box of Oreos?  My goal tonight was to make something yummy that was not filled with sugar but satisfied our taste for something sweet.

Chocolate chip cookies are always a crowd favourite but they may be a little sweet for tonight.  I love to make granola and load it up with all kinds of goodies but loose granola isn’t the easiest to eat while you are trying to watch a movie.  So I took my granola recipe I have been using and made a few changes to it to bind it into a bar.  And I have to say, that they made the perfect movie snack tonight.

Here is how I did it:

Ingredients:

Flax egg, which is one tablespoon of flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water

1/4 cup of coconut oil

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups of rolled oats.  For gluten free bars, use gluten free oats which are available at health food stores or I buy ours from the Bulk Barn, Only Oats brand.  Take half of the oats, 3/4 cup, and grind them into a flour.

1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup ground hemp hearts

1/4 cup chocolate chips.  If you are vegan, you can substitute vegan chips or carob or even cocoa nibs. This may not seem like a lot of chips but a little goes a long way here.

2 table spoons roasted sunflower seeds

How to make them:

  • Make the flax egg first and set it aside.
  • Grind the 3/4 cup of oats into flour
  • Grind the 1/4 cup of hemp hearts
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Use an 8 inch pan and line it with parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl, put the coconut oil and sugar in together and mix well.
  • Put in the flax egg and the vanilla extract and peanut butter.
  • Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix in well.
  • Add the chocolate chips and blend them in.
  • Put the dough into the prepared pan.  Stamp down.  I used the bottom of a measuring cup.
  • Bake 22-27 minutes.Wait until there is dryness around the edges.
  • Take out and let cool for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Pull out with paper and let cool on rack for another 10 minutes.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

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These were so good.  Moist and crunchy with just enough chocolate.  The movie…entertaining…very Bond-ish, if you like that kind of movie, check it out; it will be better with the treats though!

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