Rocky Road Bars
Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, there are so many delicious foods and treats to celebrate the season. However a treat here and there can quickly turn out of control, and before you know it you've over-indulged and are feeling weighed-down. No one wants to miss out on the fun foods of the holidays though - so I like to make my own versions of yummy desserts so that you don't feel like you are missing out!
I monitor my added sugar intake, so when I do indulge, I have to be a little cautious (unless I want to feel like I have a killer hangover). I like these bars because they're a fun sweet treat, but the added sugars are kept under control. Dark chocolate and marshmallow are paired with lots of heart-healthy fats and fiber, which further slows down the absorption.
-1/2 cup soaked dates
-1/2 cup pecans
-1.5 T coconut oil or butter
-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
-Pinch of salt
-1/2 cup slivered almonds or walnuts
-1 cup mini marshmallows
-3 oz dark chocolate
1. In a food processor, combine soaked dates, 2 T soaking liquid, and pecans until a smooth mixture is formed.
2. In a large bowl, combine food processor mixture with flour, salt, and butter, until a sand-like dough is formed. Press into the bottom of a greased and parchment paper lined loaf pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
3. While the crust is baking, combine marshmallows and nuts in a bowl, and toss with melted dark chocolate until evenly distributed.
4. Pour marshmallow filling on top of baked crust, and let set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Cut into 5-6 large bars and enjoy!
Nutrition - makes 5 large bars, or 10 small squares
384 calories, 23.5g fat, 38g carbohydrates, 7.5g protein