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:
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!
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!