Gluten-Free Holiday Treat: Crispy Cocoa Bars Recipe
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Nov 11 2013

Gluten-Free Holiday Treat: Crispy Cocoa Bars Recipe

The holidays are right around the corner, so now is the time to start testing out recipes for the season.  It isn’t always the best idea to make a new recipe for the first time when serving said recipe to guests, so make it a point to practice first.  The holidays are notorious for unhealthy foods, so why not change that?  Carrington Farms shares a delicious-yet-healthy snack recipe for Crispy Cocoa Bars that are sure to put a smile on your face. 

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Carrington Crispy Cocoa Bars are GLUTEN-FREE and packed with superfoods to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy throughout the holiday season. The bars are perfect to make at home and take on-to-go as a holiday travel snack or can be served as a healthy alternative to brownies or other chocolatey snacks at your holiday gatherings this year.

Carrington Crispy Cocoa Bar

Ingredients:

4 cups Crispy Brown Rice cereal

1 cup mini choc chips

1/3 cup Carrington Farms Flax/Chia blend

1/8 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup unsalted tahini

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup blue agave

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

· In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal, chips, flax/chia and cocoa. Mix well and set aside.

· In a small saucepan, add tahini, brown sugar, and blue agave. Mix together well. Warm on medium heat, stirring frequently until slight bubbles appear. Remove from heat. Add vanilla to the mixture and stir until mixed well.

· Slowly pour small amounts of the mixture into the mixing bowl with dry ingredients. You must continue to mix the mixtures together to coat the dry ingredients completely. Repeat this step until the saucepan is emptied and the rice cereal mixture is completely coated

· Pour into an aluminum cake pan (9×13 inch) which has been coated with a non-stick spray. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula, pat down the mixture completely. Let it sit until slightly cooled. Cut into 12-16 squares. Refrigerate when cooled. Enjoy!

What is your favorite way to add a healthy twist to the otherwise unhealthy holiday treats?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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