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Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

Posted by ReganJonesRD
August 09, 2015
Featured in: Quick Fix Kitchen
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Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

These Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars are the perfect healthy snack/bean based dessert. Protein-rich and fiber filled, they’re made with canned soybeans, which provide 3 times as much fiber, twice as much protein and iron and are 6 g lower in carbs than black beans. 

~by Regan Jones, RD

My friend Meme, who writes our Frugal Feasts column and is the author of Living Well Kitchen, has labeled me as a lover of all #WeirdThingsThatWork. 

#Truth, Meme, truth. Give me a microwave and some quirky ingredients, and I'll have breakfast on the table in a flash.  

They "why" behind why I like unconventional cooking likely involves all the years I've seen similar recipes cross my desk. I've been on this recipe-go-round world of food for nearly 20 years. And while I've [mostly] loved it all, I've come to appreciate that there really are few new recipes or recipe ideas...

...except when it comes to the weird stuff -- microwave English muffins, low-carb tortillas and bean based desserts. These are the dishes that grab my attention.  

Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

The first time I made these Choco-Cherry {Bean Based Dessert} Snack Bars -- was just after my oldest son started Kindergarten.

Time flying like it does, my youngest son started Kindergarten last week... and so I've declared open season on afternoon snacks with mom.   

Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

Serving healthy snacks to kids, of course, doesn't always have to mean a baked good from the kitchen. But my form of kitchen therapy usually involves a mixer, an oven and a random combination of bakeable ingredients. And if they can be a little quirky and weird ingredients, I'm even happier.  

What about you? Do quirky ingredients and recipes scare you or are you curious to try them?

Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

Gluten Free Choco-Cherry Snack Bars

Yield

Makes 9 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can soy beans, drained, rinsed & dried on paper towels
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend everything (except oats, cherries and chocolate chips) in the bowl of a food processor in order listed, pulsing between each addition. Before adding oats, cherries and chocolate chips, process mixture until very well blended and very smooth. Add oats and cherries, pulsing just until blended. Pour into an 9- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand at least 20 minutes before slicing. Store in refrigerator.

 

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Calories 238
Carbohydrates 37.7g
Fiber 2.7g
Sugar 29.1g
Fat 7.9g
Protein 5.4g
Sodium 100mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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