Recipe: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

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Sometimes you just want to eat a big bar of chocolate.  With this recipe, giving into that craving won’t lead to a sugar crash. Whether you need breakfast in a snap or an afternoon pick-me-up, these gluten-free, vegan protein granola bars are packed with protein and healthy fats that are sure to keep you energized all day thanks to almond butter, chia seeds, and protein powder.  So, go ahead and enjoy your chocolate!

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup natural chunky or creamy almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup quick oats (gluten free, if desired)
  • 1 cup Puffed Millet (see notes for other options)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 2.5 ounces dark chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil

From the kitchen of: Ambitious Kitchen

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