These vegan, gluten free and naturally sweetened chocolate-hazelnut chia bars with sea salt are perfect for fueling a workout, or to enjoy as a sweet treat!
Do me a favor. Next time you're at the grocery store, check out the ingredients list on your favorite energy bar. Soy protein isolate...sucralose...inulin (aka fart fuel)...is that really how you want to fuel your workout?
Although I do love a good Lara bar, for years, I've been making my own. Cheap, easy, and a whole lot tastier than anything you can find at the store! With this chocolate-hazelnut version, I think I outdid myself. Besides the whole nutella thing, these bars are packed with foods to make the most of your workout.
First, there's chocolate, which improves blood flow to muscles, which boosts endurance. Then there's omega 3 rich chia seeds, which may improve post-workout recovery with their anti-inflammatory effects. The sea salt helps replace minerals lost in sweat. And to round it all out, it's naturally sweetened with dates, one of my favorite ways to fuel a workout as it's a concentrated source of natural sugars.
To get the recipe, head on over to the Healthy Aperture blog, where I'm sharing this recipe as my first feature in the new Food Rx column. I've been a long time fan of Healthy Aperture, and since I met founder Regan Miller Jones at Blog Brulee (which she co-founded), I've been an equally huge fan of her as well! She works so hard to support her fellow dietitian bloggers and I am so happy and excited to be working with her on this column!
Head on over for the recipe for chocolate hazelnut chia bars with sea salt!