Cacao Crunch Protein Bars

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A Healthy Alternative to Rice Crispy Squares!

These bars are reminiscent of chocolate rice crispy squares, minus the refined sugar! They are a snap to make and filled with good nutrition — protein, fibre, healthy omega-3 fats, magnesium- and iron-rich cacao. Kids (and adult kids) devour these in my house.

Can’t pack nut butters in school lunches? Try using sunflower seed butter instead (SunButter is a great, readily available brand.)

Prep time: 5 minutes/Setting time: 2 hours in the freezer/Keeps: about 1 week in a sealed container, ideally refrigerated.

Makes 12 - 15 servings.


1/2 cup nut or seed butter of choice

1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

1/3 cup cacao powder

3 tbsp hemp seeds

3 tbsp ground flax seeds

3 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

3 3/4 cups rice crisp cereal (I like Nature’s Path)

Add all ingredients — except rice crisp cereal — to a mixing bowl and and mix well using a spoon or spatula. Once ingredients are well mixed, fold in rice crisp cereal until well coated. Transfer mixture into a parchment paper-lined pan and press down evenly and firmly. (I use another piece of parchment paper to press the mixture into the pan). Place pan in freezer for 2 or more hours to set. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store in the fridge — if they last that long! Boom Choco-laka!