Black Bean Energy Bars

A healthy alternative to store bought granola bars. These are made with oats and black beans and are sweetened with dates and a touch of honey.

Black Bean Energy Bars

I love love love these granola bars. They are dense and flavourful and chocolate!! There is no sugar at all in these babies. They are sweetened with dates and a bit of honey, oh and Chocolate!! They also have a hidden ingredient of black beans. You don’t even know they are in there. I love that my kids get the benefit of black beans while having a tasty snack.You make them all in a food processor so there very little mess to clean up. I love these for school snacks since they are so good for you but also extremely tasty. 

Black Bean Energy Bars
To start you will need your blade attachment in your food processor. You will want to chop the dates first. I use about 20 to 25 whole dates and add them to the bowl of the processor are chop them up. I’ve added the black beans before chopping the dates but they ended up not chopping as well so I always do the dates separate now. 

Once the dates are chopped, add the black beans, ground flax seed and water, honey, and vanilla. Process until the black beans are all mashed up.

Next add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse to combine. this will be really dense and may not combine well. Turn off the processor and push down the batter to help it combone better.  This picture is what it looks like after its been on for a few minutes. The next one is what it looks like after I’ve pushed down the batter and pulsed it 4 or 5 more times. remember it will be thick and difficult to stir by hand.

 

 

Black bean energy bars

Once it is all combine, scrape in into a greased 9×13 baking pan. You will have to push and smooth the batter to get it to fill the pan. I also sprinkled a few more chocolate chips on top as they get chopped up when added to the food processor. I just push them into the batter with the back of a spoon once it is all spread out. 

Black Bean Energy Bars

Bake at 350F for 18 minutes. Cool slightly and then cut into bar sized portions. If you cool the completely and then try cutting them, you will find it difficult. You don’t have to remove the bars from the pan when they are still warm, just make sure that you have them cut. Once cool they can then be removed.

At my eldest’s suggestion, I now make these with a chocolate layer spread over the top. Melt about 1 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave and spread it over the top of the warm granola bars (before they are cut). Once the chocolate has cooled and set you can cut the bars.

Black Bean Energy Bars

Black Bean Energy Bars
A healthy alternative to store bought granola bars. These are made with oats and black beans and are sweetened with dates and a touch of honey.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup black beans, cooked
  2. 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1/4 cup dates, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup honey
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 1/2 cup oats
  10. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment add beans, flax seed, water, dates, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse to combine.
  3. Add the oats, flour, and chocolate chips. Pulse to combine.
  4. Scrape into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Spread evenly to edges of the pan.
  5. Bake 15 - 18 minutes at 350F.
  6. Remove and cool slightly before cutting.
  7. Allow to cool completely in pan before removing bars.
  8. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. If you want the chocolate layer on top of the bars, reduce the amount of chocolate chips in the bars to 1/2 cup. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in microwave and spread over warm bars before you cut them. Allow the chocolate to cool and set before cutting the bars.
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