Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dark Chocolate-Almond Butter Bars

Confession time: I lied to you all. I promised to deliver a healthy dessert and instead I give you these Dark Chocolate-Almond Butter Bars. In all fairness, they aren't completely unhealthy. It contains dark chocolate and almond butter, both of which can be very healthy in moderation. And compared with cheesecake, it's practically health food.

Each month for work I spend a few days off-site on photography for one of the magazines I work on. Beautiful photos of food are taken and I'm there to make sure the food looks the way it's supposed to. There are many things to love about photo shoots, but being able to take home the food that's left over at the end of the day is the best perk of all.

My loot today included almond butter and dark chocolate chips. It was all I needed to start searching for a little baking inspiration.

Which brings me to Angela's site, Oh She Glows. I've been reading Angela's blog for about a year now and am always inspired by her passion for life, honesty and delicious recipes. Last night she didn't disappoint, coming through in the clutch with her Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I put my own little non-vegan twist on her recipe and these bars were born.

If you get a chance, stop on over to Angela's blog and tell her what an inspiration she is. And after that, hurry to your kitchen and get to baking. I promise you wont regret it.

Dark Chocolate-Almond Butter Bars

*1/2 cup butter, melted
*3/4 cup crunchy almond butter
*3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
*1/4 cup granulated sugar
*1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
*2/3 cup whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour

*1 cup dark chocolate chips
*1/4 cup milk

*In a saucepan over medium heat combine the butter, almond butter, graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and flour. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until all ingredients are well combined.
*Press mixture into a nonstick rectangular tart pan (I got mine at Williams-Sonoma) or a greased 8x8-inch baking dish.
*In another saucepan over medium heat, combine chocolate and milk. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spread over almond butter layer evenly. Freeze bars for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator and refrigerate until ready to eat. Cut into bars and serve.

Happy Baking!



Stoich91 said...

YUMMMMM....This is my kind of "health food" :D

Josie said...

heck yeh this is health food! come on those bars are just oozing antioxidants!

Lauren (PB&G) said...

I love Oh She Glows! And these look absolutely delicious! And dangerous to have too much sitting around!

The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

Dark chocolate and almond butter are completely healthy. These are like diet desserts CLEARLY. So we can eat as many as we want of course.

Mike Vander Wilt said...

Madison compared to the deserts we Dutch devoure around Tulip Time these are relivivly harmless

Jennifurla said...

I am really drawn to this treat, it is different then what I normally make and I just LOVE dark chocolate.

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